|Jewish Holidays Year 5769
||Dates in 2008-2009|
|Rosh HaShana - New Year
What is the meaning of the term Rosh Hashanah? Why is everyone saying L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu and what does that mean?
|September 30-Oct 1|
|Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement
Why fast on Yom Kippur? What are the best ways to prepare for the Yom Kippur fast?
|Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles
Learn about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Judaism's Feast of Tabernaclesand is celebrated.
Shemini Atzeret marks the beginning of the rainy season following the harvest in Israel.
Simchat Torah focuses on the Torah - the Five Books of Moses. The annual cycle of weekly Torah readings is completed at this time.
|October 22 - Wednesday|
Israel: October 21 - Tuesday
Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabees military victory over the Greek Syrians and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
B'Shvat - New Year for Trees
Tu B'Shvat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is the New Year for trees.
|February 9 |
Purim is a festive Jewish holiday that celebrates Jewish survival. Purim customs include food baskets (mishloach manot), hamantashen pastries (oznay haman) & Purim costumes parades.
|Pesach - Passover
Learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), Judaism's Festival of Freedom. On Passover we celebrate more than just a historical event. We celebrate our freedom as Jews. Just as God redeemed our ancestors from bitter slavery.
|April 9-16 |
Thursday - Thursday
Israel: April 9-15
Thursday - Wednesday
|Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day
Remember the 6 millions Jews victims of the Holocaust this Yom Hashoah. After the horrors of the Holocaust, Jews wanted a day to memorialize this tragedy.
|Yom HaZikaron - Israel's Memorial Day
Read about and view photos of this day of mourning devoted to the memory of those who have given their lives so the State of Israel can exist today. Ceremonies are held throughout the country at schools, cemeteries, and memorial sites.
|Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel's Independence Day
Read about and view photos of this special day which celebrates the establishment of the modern State of Israel. On the eve of Israel Independence Day, there are parties, singing and dancing on the streets, and fireworks.
|May 8 , 2007|
Learn all about Lag B'Omer, a semi-holiday in Judaism.
|Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day
This day celebrates the continued historical connection of the Jewish People to Jerusalem and the freedom of faith of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Jerusalem.
|Shavuot - Pentecost
Shavuot, in addition to being a harvest festival, commemorates the Giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) to the Jewish People on Mount Sinai. On Shavuot, Jews light candles, decorate with greenery, eat dairy food, study Torah, attend prayer services, and read the Book of Ruth.
Israel: May 29
|Tisha B'Av - Ninth of Av
Tisha B'Av (the ninth day of the Jewish calendar month of Av) is a day of mourning and fasting.