Jewish Holidays 2015/2016

Major Holidays:

Rosh Hashana – Sep 14-15, 2015 – Monday‑Tuesday – The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur – Sep 23, 2015 – Wednesday – Day of Atonement
Sukkot – Sep 28-29, 2015 – Monday‑Tuesday + Sep 30-Oct 4, 2015 – Wednesday‑Sunday – Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret – Oct 5, 2015 – Monday – Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah – Oct 6, 2015 – Tuesday – Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah – Dec 7-14, 2015 – Monday‑Monday – The Jewish festival of re-dedication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim – Mar 24, 2016 – Thursday – Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach – Apr 23-24, 2016 – Saturday‑Sunday + Apr 25-28, 2016 – Monday‑Thursday + Apr 29-30, 2016 – Friday‑Saturday – Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot – Jun 12-13, 2016 – Sunday‑Monday – Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish’a B’Av – Aug 14, 2016 – Sunday – The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

Minor Holidays:
Tu BiShvat – Jan 25, 2016 M – New Year for Trees
Purim Katan – Feb 23, 2016 Tu – Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim – Mar 25, 2016 F – Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer – 7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni – May 22, 2016 Su – Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B’Omer – May 26, 2016 Th – 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot – Sep 24, 2016 Sa – Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays
Tu B’Av – Aug 19, 2016 F – Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day
Minor Fasts:
Tzom Gedaliah – Sep 16, 2015 W – Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B’Tevet – Dec 22, 2015 Tu – Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta’anit Esther – Mar 23, 2016 W – Fast of Esther
Ta’anit Bechorot – Apr 22, 2016 F – Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz – Jul 24, 2016 Su – Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Modern Holidays:
Yom HaShoah – May 5, 2016 Th – Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron – May 11, 2016 W – Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma’ut – May 12, 2016 Th – Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim – Jun 5, 2016 Su – Jerusalem Day
Sigd – Nov 11, 2015 W – Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Special Shabbatot:
Shabbat Shuva – Sep 19, 2015 Sa – Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shekalim – Mar 5, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor – Mar 19, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah – Apr 2, 2016 Sa – Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh – Apr 9, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol – Apr 16, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon – Aug 13, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Tish’a B’Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu – Aug 20, 2016 Sa – Shabbat after Tish’a B’Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh – When Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh – When Shabbat falls the day before Rosh Chodesh
Rosh Chodesh:
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan – Oct 13, 2015 Tu – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev – Nov 12, 2015 Th – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet – Dec 12, 2015 Sa – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat – Jan 11, 2016 M – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh’vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar – Feb 9, 2016 Tu – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II – Mar 10, 2016 Th – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan – Apr 9, 2016 Sa – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar – May 8, 2016 Su – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan – Jun 7, 2016 Tu – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz – Jul 6, 2016 W – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av – Aug 5, 2016 F – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul – Sep 3, 2016 Sa – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul

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