Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania

2013-14 Holy Days

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – Rosh HaShanah starts at sundown
Thursday, September 5, 2013 – Day 1 (first day of Rosh HaShanah)
Friday, September 6, 2013 – 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 September 13, 2013 – Yom Kippur starts at sundown
Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 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, Sept 18, 2013 – Sukkot starts at sundown
Thursday, Sept 19, 2013 – Day 1 (first day of Sukkot)
Friday, Sept 20, 2013 – Day 2 (second day of Sukkot)

Shemini Atzeret (Conclusion of Sukkot)

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 – Sukkot starts at sundown
Thursday, Sept 26, 2013 – 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, Sept 26, 2013 – Simchat Torah starts at sundown
Friday, Sept 27, 2013 – Simchat Torah



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

Sundown Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – Thursday, December 5, 2013




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

Saturday March 15, 2014 – Purim starts at sundown
Sunday March 16, 2014 – 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)

Monday, April 14, 2014 – Passover starts at sundown
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Day 1 (first opening day of Passover)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Day 2 (second opening day of Passover)
Monday, April 21, 2014 – Day 1 (first closing day of Passover)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Day 2 (second closing day of Passover)(Yizkor is said)

Israel’s Independence Day – Yom HaAtzma’ut

Monday May, 5, 2014 – Starts at Sunset
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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

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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