Chag Sameach! (Happy Holiday!)
There are customs, biblical references, and programs related to each Jewish holiday based on the Jewish calendar and occur throughout the year. Learn it all here! From Rosh Hashanah to Passover, we have you covered with everything you need to celebrate our holidays.
WRJ is instrumental in helping bring Jewish observance into the home. Make each holiday special and focus on Jewish women with our holiday guides, which include activities for all ages, relevant readings, discussion questions, advocacy opportunities, and more!
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Celebrating Shabbat - Fridays at Sundown
Celebrating Rosh Chodesh - Monthly at the New Moon
Fall Jewish Holidays
Winter Jewish Holidays
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins on the 25th day of Kislev. The most memorable part of the celebration is the lighting of the candles on a menorah or hanukkiah: one for each night that has been celebrated, plus the shamash (helper) candle.
Tu BiShvat is celebrated on the 15th (tu) of Sh’vat (typically in January or February) and is frequently referred to as “Jewish Arbor Day” or “Jewish Earth Day.” Originally, the holiday was believed to represent the end of the fiscal year for fruit-bearing trees.
Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar and comes from the Book of Esther. The reading of The Megillah has turned into one of the most festive days in the Jewish calendar. This partially stems from the saying of the Talmud that one should drink until we can no longer distinguish between Haman and Mordechai's name.
Spring and Summer Jewish Holidays
Pesach, or Passover, begins at sundown on the 14th day of Nissan (usually in April, sometimes at the end of March) and lasts for seven or eight days. It is the most commonly observed holiday in the Jewish community. Its themes of freedom and remembrance remain relevant from year to year as each new generation learns the story of Moses’ birth and the Exodus of the Jewish people out of Egypt and into the holy land.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is celebrated on the 27th of Nisan (typically in April/May). Many pray for those who passed in the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on those who may have no one left to mourn for them. It is also important to remember those Righteous Gentiles who saved Jewish lives, often at great peril to their own, and to honor their deeds and courage.
Tishah B’Av, “the ninth of Av” (typically July or August), is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. The holiday traditionally commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. However, because Reform Judaism does not focus on the religious role of the Temple, we observe the date in memory of various tragedies faced by the Jewish people.