This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday, October 2 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, October 4. Brush up on the basics of the Jewish New Year here.Read More
High HolidaysRosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year.Yom Kippur
The Day of Atonement.Sukkot
Sometimes knows as the Feast of Tabernacles, this holiday is celebrated in huts.Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah
The last of the fall holidays, these are days of celebration.Ten Days
The days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for repentance.
The Festival of Lights.Gifts
A history of the practice and some tips for parents.November-December Dilemma
American Jews are both part of and separate from American society as a whole.Taking Christmas out of Hanukkah
How to preserve the Jewish ideals of Hanukkah in the midst of a Christmas-oriented society?
Spring HolidaysTu Bishvat
The birthday of the trees.Purim
A Persian Jewish celebration.Passover (Pesach)
Celebrating the Exodus from Egypt.Passover & Spring
There is a theological explanation for why Passover occurs in the spring.The Omer
Counting the days from Passover to Shavuot.
Minor FastsIdeas & Beliefs
A brief description of all the minor fasts on the Jewish calendar.Fast of Esther
The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.Tenth of Tevet
This fast commemorates the beginning of the end of the First Temple.Tzom Gedaliah
The history and observance of this minor fast day.17th of Tammuz
A minor fast day with major history.