Jewish Holidays

Learn about the different Jewish Holidays - check out program ideas, recipes, and more!

Chag Sameach! (Happy Holiday!) 

There are customs, biblical references, and programs related to each Jewish holiday based on the Jewish calendar and occur throughout the year. Learn it all here! From Rosh Hashanah to Passover, we have you covered with everything you need to celebrate our holidays. 

WRJ is instrumental in helping bring Jewish observance into the home. Make each holiday special and focus on Jewish women with our holiday guides, which include activities for all ages, relevant readings, discussion questions, advocacy opportunities, and more!

Explore Upcoming Jewish Holidays

Sukkot

The Sukkot celebration begins on the 15th day of Tishri. The word Sukkot is the plural of Sukkah which means “booth” or “hut.” The hut referenced here commemorates the type the Israelites built and lived in during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after their Exodus from Egypt. The holiday

Celebrating Shabbat - Fridays at Sundown

Shabbat

Beginning with dusk on Friday evening and continuing until a half-hour after sunset on Saturday, we have a day-long period in which to reacquaint ourselves with families and friends, inner thoughts, and prayers.

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh - Monthly at the New Moon

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh marks the beginning of each month as determined by the appearance of the new moon. Though all Jews traditionally observed this day, it is celebrated as a holiday for women whose origins go back to the Talmud.

Fall Jewish Holidays

September 25-27, 2022

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Apples and Honey, foods that are integral to the customs and rituals of the Jewish holiday of Rosh HaShanah

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh HaShanah (“Head of the Year”) falls on the first and second days of Tishri and is the first of ten days called the Jewish High Holy Days. It is commonly referred to as the Jewish New Year, where we examine our own lives and deeds.

October 4-5, 2022

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”) is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. In the nine days following Rosh HaShanah we repent for our sins of the past year. Yom Kippur is the day that our fates are sealed for the year ahead.

September 20-27, 2021

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Sukkot

Sukkot commemorates the type of hut the Israelites built and lived in during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after their Exodus from Egypt.

September 27-28, 2021

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Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah ("rejoicing in the law") is celebrated the eighth day of Sukkot.

Winter Jewish Holidays

November 28-December 6, 2021

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins on the 25th day of Kislev. The most memorable part of the celebration is the lighting of the candles on a menorah or hanukkiah: one for each night that has been celebrated, plus the shamash (helper) candle.

January 16-17, 2022

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Tu BiSh'vat

Tu BiSh’vat is celebrated on the 15th (tu) of Sh’vat (typically in January or February) and is frequently referred to as “Jewish Arbor Day” or “Jewish Earth Day.” Originally, the holiday was believed to represent the end of the fiscal year for fruit-bearing trees. 

March 16-17, 2022

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Purim spread featuring hamantaschen party favors and two glasses of white wine

Purim

Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar and comes from the Book of Esther. The reading of The Megillah has turned into one of the most festive days in the Jewish calendar. This partially stems from the saying of the Talmud that one should drink until we can no longer distinguish between Haman and Mordechai's name. 

Spring and Summer Jewish Holidays

April 15-22, 2022

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Passover (Pesach)

Pesach, or Passover, begins at sundown on the 14th day of Nissan (usually in April, sometimes at the end of March) and lasts for seven or eight days. It is the most commonly observed holiday in the Jewish community. Its themes of freedom and remembrance remain relevant from year to year as each new generation learns the story of Moses’ birth and the Exodus of the Jewish people out of Egypt and into the holy land.

April 27-28, 2022

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Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is celebrated on the 27th of Nisan (typically in April/May). Many pray for those who passed in the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on those who may have no one left to mourn for them. It is also important to remember those Righteous Gentiles who saved Jewish lives, often at great peril to their own, and to honor their deeds and courage.

May 3-5, 2022

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Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut

Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) honors Israeli veterans, fallen soldiers, and Israeli civilians killed by terrorist acts. Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) is celebrated with parades, family gatherings, and dancing. 

May 18-19, 2022

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Lag B'Omer

Between the second day of Pesach and the celebration of Shavuot, we are commanded to count the Omer, an ancient Hebrew measure of grain.

June 4-5, 2022

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Shavuot

Shavuot

Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is one of the few holidays whose Torah reading focuses on the story of Jewish women; on Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth.

August 6-7, 2022

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Tishah B'Av

Tishah B’Av, “the ninth of Av” (typically July or August), is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. The holiday traditionally commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. However, because Reform Judaism does not focus on the religious role of the Temple, we observe the date in memory of various tragedies faced by the Jewish people. 

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