Jewish Holidays

Yael Eckstein with scarf on her head smiling and celebrating Purim.

What Is Purim?

February 27, 2023
Purim is the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the story of Queen Esther whose courageous act saved the Jewish people.
Yael touching a tree

What Is Tu B'Shvat? - The New Year of Trees

February 3, 2023
This month marks the celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year of the Trees. Discover more about this special day that celebrates God's Creation and the many lessons that we can learn from it.
Yael Eckstein in a mustard headband holding an IFCJ food box with a ribbon on it.

What Are the Jewish Holidays?

January 17, 2023
The Jewish year is marked by a series of holy observances and holidays. This article offers a brief overview of those holidays and their significance to the Jewish faith
A lit menorah with donuts and other treats behind it.

What Is Hanukkah? - A Season of Miracles and Light

November 18, 2022
Hanukkah is one of the most joyous festivals of the Jewish calendar. Discover more about this celebration of God's wondrous miracles and the many important lessons Hanukkah has for both Christians and Jews through our rich resources.
Young Jewish boy reading the Torah on Simchat Torah holiday.

What Is Simchat Torah?

October 17, 2022
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.
Jewish man blowing the shofar on a hilltop during the High Holy Days.

What Are the High Holy Days?

August 17, 2022
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.
Rosh Hashanah meal spread out on a blanket with pomegranates and honey.

What Is Rosh Hashanah?

August 16, 2022
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and this year, it begins at sundown on Monday, September 25 and is observed for two days. Learn more about the observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
Jewish men covering their eyes in prayer at the Western Wall.

What Is Yom Kippur?

August 14, 2022
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 October 4 after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It marks the final opportunity to repent before God before the Book of Life is sealed for another year.
Men with four species at the Western Wall during Sukkot.

What Is the Festival of Tabernacles - Sukkot?

August 13, 2022
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.
Jewish man praying at the Western Wall with his hands touching the wall.

What Is Tisha B'Av?

July 25, 2022
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.
Person picking olives from an olive tree.

What Is Shavuot — The Jewish Pentecost?

June 1, 2022
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.
Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, commemorates the liberation of God's Holy City in 1967

What Is Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim)?

May 21, 2022
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.

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