High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish New Year.

Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement.


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.

Hanukkah to Tisha B'Av


The Festival of Lights.

Tu Bishvat

The birthday of the trees, celebrated in the middle of winter.


This festive day commemorates Esther and Mordecai thwarting the evil Haman -- and it features costumes and lots of revelry!


Celebrated in the spring, this festival celebrates the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt.


The giving of the Torah, the Book of Ruth and plenty of cheesecake and blintzes. What's not to like?

Tisha B'Av

This somber day mourns the destruction of the Temple.

Modern Holidays

Yom Ha'atzmaut: Israel Independence Day

Celebrated in the Jewish state and beyond with fireworks, barbecues and parades.

Yom Hazikaron: Israel's Memorial Day

This day honoring those who fell in Israel's wars falls just before Israel Independence Day.

Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Day

A day honoring Holocaust survivors and remembering those who perished.

Yom Yerushalayim: Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem has been considered the capital city of the Jewish people since the time of King David, but the special day in honor of the city was established after the Israeli army's victory in the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Minor Fasts

Ideas & 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.