Jewish Holidays


Young Jewish boy reading large Torah scroll

What Is Simchat Torah?

September 27, 2021
The final day of the Jewish festival Sukkot is known as Simchat Torah, which literally means "Rejoicing in the Torah." On this day, Jews mark the completion of reading through the Torah, from the first chapter of Genesis to the closing words of Deuteronomy.
Men with four species at Western Wall for Sukkot

What Is the Festival of Tabernacles - Sukkot?

September 15, 2021
Following the somber introspection of the High Holy Days comes Sukkot, a joyous celebration of God's provision and providence for His children. Learn more about this "season of rejoicing" through our various resources.

What Is Yom Kippur?

September 13, 2021
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the Jewish year and is the culmination of the High Holy Days, which begins at sundown on September 15th. It marks the final opportunity to repent before God before the Book of Life is sealed for another year. about this biblically mandated observance.

What Is Rosh Hashanah?

August 31, 2021
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and this year, it begins at sundown on Monday, September 6 and is observed for two days. Learn more about the observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah with our educational resources.

Preparing for the High Holy Days

August 9, 2021
The High Holy Days are the most widely observed Jewish holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

What Is Tisha B'Av?

July 8, 2021
Tisha B’Av (the Fast of the Ninth of Av) is the darkest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of communal mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people which have occurred on this very day.
Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, commemorates the liberation of God's Holy City in 1967

What Is Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim)?

May 3, 2021
Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, is celebrated every year in May, commemorating the liberation and reunification of God’s Holy City during the Six-Day War in 1967. We celebrate another year of a unified Jerusalem. Learn more about this remarkable city and this miraculous event of Yom Yerushalayim with our resources.
splash photo displaying the Jewish tradition of Shavuot, which Christians know better as Pentecost, is one of the 3 festivals where Jewish men were obligated to go the Holy Temple during Biblical times.

What Is Shavuot — The Jewish Pentecost?

May 1, 2021
Shavuot (pronounced sha-voo-OHT), which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.
Fireworks exploding over Israel for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day

What Is Israel Independence Day?

April 13, 2021
Learn about Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, and how the modern Jewish state came into being and how Israel remains a beacon of democracy.

What Is Yom HaShoah?

April 6, 2021
This year, beginning at sundown, April 7th and ending at sundown, April 8th, Israel and Jews worldwide observe Yom HaShoah, Israel Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were brutally murdered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

What Is Passover?

March 17, 2021
Over the past 3,000 years, Passover has endured as the most celebrated and widely observed holiday in the Jewish tradition. Passover commemorates the seminal event in Jewish history — the story of the Exodus which led to the birth of the Jewish nation, Israel. In addition, the most basic and fundamental principles found in Judaism.

What Is Purim?

February 11, 2021
Purim is the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the story of Queen Esther whose courageous act saved the Jewish people.

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