Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for 2017. Each holiday page includes a brief overview of special observances and customs, and any special Torah readings.

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana were listed as Sep 19-20, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 18 and ends at sundown on Sep 20.

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Major holidays

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal "work" is forbidden.

HolidayDatesDescription
Chanukah - The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach -
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Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot - Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples
Rosh Hashana - The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Day of Atonement
Sukkot -
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Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Day of Celebrating the Torah

Minor holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Tu BiShvat New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B'Omer 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Sep 16 Prayers for forgivenes in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

HolidayDatesDescription
Asara B'Tevet Jan 8 Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 9 Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 10 Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 11 Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 24 Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah

Modern holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDatesDescription
Shabbat Shekalim Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDatesDescription
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet