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Jewish holidays begin and end at sundown

02/11/17—Tu B’Shevat (Arbor Day)
While special meals are made that include eating the seven fruits of the land such as wheat, barley, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives and dates, trees are planted, too, on this day. It is a holiday known as the New Year for trees celebrating Judaism’s roots in the natural world.

02/19-25/17 - Brotherhood and Sisterhood Week

03/12/17—Purim
Celebrated annually, Purim is known as the Feast of Lots, a feast that commemorates the deliverance of Jews in Persia from the machinations of Haman. This is a time for Jews to dress in costume and give gifts of food to each other.

04/10/17 -Ta'anit Bechorot

A unique fast day in Judaism which usually falls on the day before Passover (i.e. the fourteenth day of Nisan, a month in the Jewish calendar. Unlike most Jewish fast days, only firstborns are required to fast on the Fast of the Firstborn.

04/11/17-04/18/17—Pesach/Passover
This is one of the most significant holidays and lasts for eight days. During this period of time, Jews commemorate the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.. Observant Jews do not eat leavened bread, pasta, etc. during Passover.

05/24/17—Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah is also known as the Holocaust Memorial Day and commemorates the death of all the Jews that lost their lives because of the Nazi regime.

05/01/17 - Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

Israel's memorial day honoring soldiers that died fighting for their country.

05/10/17 - Second Passover

05/14/17 -Lag B'Omer

Marks the end of the forty nine days of mourning that is known as Omer. It is observed on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This is a joyous occasion and is also considered to be an auspicious time for Jewish weddings.

05/31/17 - 06/01/17—Shavuot
This two day feast is also referred to as the Pentecost that celebrates the time when the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai.

08/1/17  Tisha B'Av
Tish B’Av is a day of fasting and mourning over the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

09/21-22/17—Rosh Hashanah/New Year
These days mark the first and second day of the Jewish New Year and the anniversary of the creation of the world.

09/30/17—Yom Kippur
Jews traditionally do not work on this day. They fast from sunset to sunset during this ‘Day of Atonement.’ This day is for Jews to atone their mistakes so they can be ‘at one’ with God.

10/04-11/17—Sukkot–Feast of Booths
Sukkot is the Feast of Booths which involves a harvest festival that lasts for nine days. During this time, huts also called sukkah’s are built outdoors for families to eat in to commemorate the time when Israelites would live in deserts.

10/12/17—Shemini Atzeret
Celebrated on the eighth day of Sukkot, a day for prayers for rain are encouraged.

10/13/17—Simchat Torah
Also known as the Rejoicing in the Torah which is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.

12/13-20/17—Hanukkah
Hanukkah is observed for eight days and also referred to as the Festival of Lights. The celebration is to commemorate the victory of the Maccabees, a group of Jews who fought for religious freedom over the Syrians and the re-dedication of the Holy Temple.