Jewish Holidays 2017-2018

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5778. 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 -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 20 and ends at nightfall on Sep 22.


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.

Rosh Hashana -, 2017 The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Day of Atonement
Sukkot -, 2017
-, 2017
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah -, 2017 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 -, 2018
-, 2018
-, 2018
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot -, 2018 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

Minor holidays

Tu BiShvat New Year for Trees
Purim Katan Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim 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 Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B'Omer 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Sep 1, 2018 Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Tzom Gedaliah Sep 24, 2017 Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'Tevet Dec 28, 2017 Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Feb 28, 2018 Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 30, 2018 Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 1, 2018 Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar

Modern holidays

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

Special Shabbatot

Shabbat Shuva Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
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 Rosh Chodesh When Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh When Shabbat falls the day before Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

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
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
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