Calendar and Dates of Jewish Holidays

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Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion with the Torah as its holy text1. There are an estimated six million people who identify as Jewish living in the United States of America2. This accounts for only 2% of the American population2. However, there is much controversy over who is actually considered to be Jewish because of both religious and cultural differences among individuals, families, and sects3. Although originally founded as a religion, many Jews consider themselves not as religious, but as ethnically or culturally Jewish only4.

There are eight major and eight minor holidays in the Jewish faith5. Regardless of religious devotion, most Jews in the US participate in the major holidays6. The most significant of which is Passover6. At this day, a large meal called a Seder is eaten with family and friends to recount the story of the Jewish people escaping enslavement in Egypt and finding their own land after wandering through the desert6. Although a minor holiday elsewhere in the world, Hanukkah has also become widely observed because of its proximity to Christmas7. Other than that, Jewish holidays are celebrated to varying degrees7.

Jewish Holidays Dates 2018, 2019 and 2020

Tu Bishvat
  • Wednesday, January 31st 2018
  • Monday, January 21st 2019
  • Monday, February 10th 2020
  • Thursday, March 1st 2018
  • Thursday, March 21st 2019
  • Tuesday, March 10th 2020
  • from Saturday, March 31st to Saturday, April 7th 2018
  • from Saturday, April 20th to Saturday, April 27th 2019
  • from Thursday, April 9th to Thursday, April 16th 2020
Lag Ba'Omer
  • Thursday, May 3rd 2018
  • Thursday, May 23rd 2019
  • Tuesday, May 12th 2020
  • Sunday, 20th and Monday, May 21st 2018
  • Sunday, 9th and Monday, June 10th 2019
  • Friday, 29th and Saturday, May 30th 2020
Tisha B'Av
  • Sunday, 22nd and Monday, July 23rd 2018
    In NYC, starts Saturday at 21:44 and ends Sunday at 22:30.
  • Sunday, 11th and Monday, August 12th 2019
    In NYC, starts Saturday at 21:16 and ends Sunday at 21:57.
  • Thursday, 30th and Friday, July 31st 2020
    In NYC, starts Wednesday at 21:33 and ends Thursday at 22:17.
Rosh Hashanah
  • Monday, 10th and Tuesday, September 11th 2018
    In NYC, starts Sunday at 18:57 and ends Tuesday at 19:54.
  • Monday, 30th and Tuesday, October 1st 2019
    In NYC, starts Sunday at 18:24 and ends Tuesday at 19:20.
  • Saturday, 19th and Sunday, September 20th 2020
    In NYC, starts Friday at 18:41 and ends Sunday at 19:38.
Yom Kippur
  • Wednesday, 19th and Thursday, September 20th 2018
    In NYC, starts Tuesday at 18:42 and ends Wednesday at 19:40.
  • Wednesday, 9th and Thursday, October 10th 2019
    In NYC, starts Tuesday at 18:09 and ends Wednesday at 19:07.
  • Monday, 28th and Tuesday, September 29th 2020
    In NYC, starts Sunday at 18:26 and ends Monday at 19:24.
  • from Sunday, September 23rd in the evening, to Saturday, October 13th 2018
  • from Sunday, October 13th in the evening, to Tuesday, October 22nd 2019
  • from Friday, October 2nd in the evening, to Sunday, October 11th 2020
Simchat Torah
  • Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
  • Tuesday, October 22nd 2019
  • Sunday, October 11th 2020
  • from Sunday, December 2nd to Monday, December 10th 2018
  • from Sunday, December 22nd to Monday, December 30th 2019
  • from Thursday, December 10th to Friday, December 18th 2020

Religious Holidays

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