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Jewish Holidays
All Jewish holidays begin the evening before; this is because a Jewish “day” begins and ends at sunset rather then at midnight.
Shabbat
The Jewish Sabbath day of rest begins on Friday evening and ends on Saturday evening. Shabbat is
one of the foundations, if not the foundation of Jewish life. Its observance has protected and inspired
the Jewish people throughout history and has influenced, in some degree or another, all of civilization.
It is based on two fundamental premises:
1.G-d created the world in six “days” and “rested” on the seventh.
2.G-d intervened in history to take the Jewish people out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt.
Tu B’Shevat
Tisha B’Av
Jewish Arbor Day. Celebration of new
fruits and the land of Israel. New Year
for trees.
The 9th of Av is the date we remember
the destruction of the First and
Second Temples in Jerusalem and
the subsequent exile of the Jews from
Israel.
February 10, 2020
July 30, 2020
Purim
Commemorates the deliverance of the
Jewish people from the wicked Haman
in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.
Celebrated with feasts, special prayers,
the reading of the book of Esther, the
sending of gifts from friend to friend,
and extra charity.
Rosh Chodesh
“Rosh” means “head,” (In other
words, “beginning”.) Rosh Chodesh
is the night when the New moon
can first be seen and when the New
Month begins.
March 10, 2020
Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year. It is the
anniversary of the creation of the
world. It is a day of judgment with
extended synagogue services and
blowing of the Shofar.
Passover
Pesach celebrates the deliverance
of the Jewish people from slavery in
Egypt. No foods containing fermented
grain products (Chametz) may be
consumed or found in any Jewish
household. Special family meal (“Seder”)
conducted during the first 2 evenings.
September 19-20, 2020
Yom Kippur
The Day of Atonement. A fast day,
with day-long synagogue services
and many special prayers, including
Kol Nidre.
April 9-April 16, 2020
Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Memorial Day – Special
memorial prayers are said to remember
those who were killed by the Nazis.
September 28, 2020
Sukkot
April 21, 2020
The Harvest Festival. We build
sukkot, decorating them with
seasonal fruits to show thanks and
then celebrate by eating all meals in
the sukkah.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut
Israel Independence Day. As we are
thankful for Israel’s independence, we
carry with us the memory of those who
helped make it possible.
October 3, 2020
April 29, 2020
Simchat Torah
Rejoicing of The Torah. A special
celebration of the closing of the High
Holidays season.
Lag B’Omer
Break in the mourning period for the
24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva. Only
day in 49-day period when weddings
are permitted.
October 11, 2020
Chanukah
May 12, 2020
Commemorates the rededication of
the Temple in Jerusalem after the
Maccabees were victorious against
Greek Armies. We celebrate with
latkes, dreidels and menorahs!
Shavuot
Moses receives the Torah – Celebrating
G-d’s giving of the Torah and Ten
Commandments to the Jews at Mt. Sinai.
December 11-18, 2020
May 29-30, 2020
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