Holidays

JEWISH YEAR
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SECULAR CALENDAR YEAR September 2019-September 2020

SELICHOT (Selichot, a Hebrew word meaning "forgiveness," refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews throughout the High Holy Days.)

September 21, 2019

ROSH HASHANAH (Literally, "Head of the Year" refers to the celebration of the Jewish New Year.)

September 30, 2019

YOM KIPPUR (Day of Atonement and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance.)

October 9, 2019

SUKKOT (A Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai.) 

October 14, 2019

SIMCHAT TORAH (Hebrew for "rejoicing in the Law", celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study.)

October 21, 2019

CHANUKAH (Dedication in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem.) 

December 22-30, 2019

TU B'SHEVAT ("New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day.)

February 10, 2020

PURIM (A celebration by the reading of the Scroll of Esther is known in Hebrew as the Megilat Esther, which relates the basic story of Purim.)

March 10, 2020

PESACH (Known as Passover in English, this is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago.) 

April 8-15, 2020
YOM HASHOAH (Also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day occurs on the 27th of Nissan. Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II.) April 21, 2020

YOM HAATZMAUT (Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar.)

April 29, 2020

SHAVUOT (A Hebrew word meaning "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.)

May 29, 2020

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