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Jewish Holidays

We encourage you to experience Shabbat services, holiday celebrations and adult learning programs in a welcoming URJ Reform congregation. Please contact a Reform synagogue in your area for additional information about worship services, programs or membership.

The Jewish holidays are listed below with calendar dates for both the secular year (2016-2017) and the Jewish year (5777). Jewish holidays begin and conclude at sundown. For example, Shabbat begins every week at sundown on Friday evening and concludes at sundown on Saturday evening.

Weekly – Shabbat begins Friday evening at sundown

Weekly – Shabbat concludes Saturday evening one hour after sundown

August 13, 2016 Tishah B’Av begins - Day of Lamentations

August 14, 2016 Tishah B’Av (Av 9)

October 2,  2016 Rosh Hashanah begins - Jewish New Year

October 3 & 4, 2016 Rosh Hashanah 5777 (Tishri 1 & 2)

October 11, 2016 Yom Kippur begins - Day of Atonement

October 12, 2016 Yom Kippur (Tishri 10)

October 16, 2016 Sukkot begins - Fall Harvest Festival

October 17-October 23, 2016 Sukkot (Tishri 15-21)

October 23, 2016 Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah begins - Joy of Torah

October 24, 2016 Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah (Tishri 22)

December 24, 2016 Hanukkah begins - Festival of Lights

December 25-December 31, 2016 Hanukkah (Kislev 25 – Tevet 2)

February 11, 2017 Tu B’Shevat (Shevat 15)

March 11, 2017 Purim begins - Festival of Lots, Scroll of Esther

March 12, 2017 Purim (Adar 14)

April 10, 2017 Pesach begins - Passover, Feast of Freedom

April 11-April 17, 2017 Pesach (Nisan 15-21)

April 24, 2017 Yom HaShoah (Nisan 27) - Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 2, 2017 Yom HaAtzmaut (Iyar 6) - Israel Independence Day

May 14, 2017 Lag B’Omer (Iyar 18)

May 30, 2017 Shavuot begins - Giving of the Torah

May 31, 2017 Shavuot (Sivan 6)

July 31, 2017 Tishah B’Av begins - Day of Lamentations

August 1, 2017 Tishah B’Av (Av 9)