Jewish Holidays

Tisha B’Av – A Time to Mourn

Tisha b’Av (the Fast of the Ninth of Av) is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av. In particular, Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples—the first in 586 BCE (Before the Common Era) and the second in 70 CE.

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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.

Shavuot — Pentecost

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

Yom Yerushalayim — Jerusalem Day

Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day, celebrated in May, commemorates 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 with our resources.
Fireworks exploding over Israel for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day

Yom HaAtzmaut — Israel Independence Day

Yael Eckstein answers the question, "What makes Israel so Special?" by describing the joy and beauty of celebrating Israel's independence.
An egg and a walnut lying next to a small tag that reads Happy Passover

Passover - The Feast of Unleavened Bread

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.
The joyous Jewish holiday, Purim is a time for boisterous celebration akin to Mardi Gras

Purim Holiday — A Celebration of Bravery & Deliverance from Destruction

During the Purim Jewish holiday celebration, one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar, Jews participate in a public reading of the biblical book of Esther, as well as delivering baskets of food and drink to friends, eating hat-shaped cookies, performing plays and parodies, and dressing up in costume.
Tu B’Shvat is the Jewish New Year for Trees. The Talmud teaches us of 4 “New Years” on the Jewish Calendar. Learn more about the new year of Tu B’Shvat.

Tu B'Shvat

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.
Graphic representing Israel Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, which honors the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who were brutally killed at the hands of the Nazi regime.

Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

Beginning at sundown, April 20th and ending at sundown, April 21st, 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 the Yom HaShoah meaning? During the observance, flags are flown at half mast, and at 10 a.m., air raid sirens sound throughout the country and Israelis stop wherever they are to observe a two-minute silence of solemn reflection. Learn more about this dark and tragic time through our many resources.
A man and young boy pray to the Western Wall in Jerusalem with their heads pressed against the wall

Preparing for the High Holy Days

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.
A loaf of bread next to a jar of honey for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah — Celebrating the New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar (the calendar in common use throughout the world). Learn more about the observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day of the Year

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day of the Year

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Listen now as President and CEO Yael Eckstein talk about the Jewish perspective of repentance.
Men attending a sukkot blessing. What sukkot is known as and more

Sukkot — A Season of Rejoicing

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.

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