Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania

2013-14 Holy Days

Shavuot (Commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments to the Jewish People at Mt. Sinai)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Shavuot starts at sundown
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Day 1 (first day of Shavuot)
Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Day 2 (second day of Shavuot)(Yizkor is said)

 

Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem

Sundown Monday, August 4, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2014-2015 Calendar:

Rosh HaShanah (The Jewish New Year begins with ten (10) days of penitence.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Rosh HaShanah starts at sundown
Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Day 1 (first day of Rosh HaShanah)
Friday, September 26, 2014 – Day 2 (second day of Rosh HaShanah)

 

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement. The most solemn of the Holy Days devoted to prayer and fasting)

Friday October 3, 2014 – Yom Kippur starts at sundown
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – Yom Kippur (Yizkor is said)

 

 

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles. Jews are commanded to dwell in temporary shelters as their ancestors the Israelites did in the desert after the exodus from Egypt)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – Sukkot starts at sundown
Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Day 1 (first day of Sukkot)
Friday, October 10, 2014 – Day 2 (second day of Sukkot)

Shemini Atzeret (Conclusion of Sukkot)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Sukkot starts at sundown
Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Sukkot (Yizkor is said)

Simchat Torah (Celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah – the Five Books of Moses – and renewing the cycle)

Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Simchat Torah starts at sundown
Friday, October 17, 2014 – Simchat Torah

 

 

Chanukah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian-Greeks and rededication of the Temple

Sundown Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Wednesday, December 24, 2014

 

 

 

Purim (Celebrates the defeat of the plot to destroy the Jews of Persia)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Purim starts at sundown
Thursday, March 5, 2015 – Purim

 

Passover (The Festival of Freedom that recounts the deliverance from slavery. Observance includes special dietary rules. The first two and last two days are observed as Holy Days)

Friday, April 3, 2015 – Passover starts at sundown
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Day 1 (first opening day of Passover)
Sunday, April 5, 2015 – Day 2 (second opening day of Passover)
Thursday, April 10, 2015 – Day 1 (first closing day of Passover)
Friday, April 11, 2015 – Day 2 (second closing day of Passover)(Yizkor is said)

Israel’s Independence Day – Yom HaAtzma’ut

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Starts at Sunset
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shabbat (Sabbath)

Observance begins every Friday at sunset concluding at sunset on Saturday. We request that these Holy Days and Shabbat be respected when scheduling events such as sports schedules and class/club field trips if possible.

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