Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to newer versions of Microsoft Outlook in “overlay” mode. This technique uses Outlook’s “Internet Calendar Subscription” feature which keeps a separate calendar from your primary calendar.
(If you plan to sync Outlook with a BlackBerry, consider using the old-style Outlook CSV instructions instead.)
- Go to http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/
- Fill out the form with your preferences and click the Create Calendar button
- Click the Download… button
- Select the Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 option from the Download dialog box
- Click on the Jewish Calendar YYYY.ics download button
- You might be prompted to acknowledge that you are opening a hyperlink. You should click Yes.
- Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or 2010 will start up
- At the prompt, Add this Internet Calendar to Outlook and subscribe to updates, click Yes.
- The Internet Calendar opens in side-by-side view in the Outlook Calendar and is added to the Navigation Pane in Calendar view under Other Calendars. The calendar will check periodically for any updates made by the calendar publisher.
For more details, see Add an Internet Calendar Subscription to Outlook from Microsoft’s support site.
Included in the Hebcal Jewish holiday downloads are options to select major holidays (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Pesach, etc.), minor holidays (Purim, Chanukah, etc.), special Shabbatot, public fasts (Tish’a B’Av, etc.), Rosh Chodesh, and modern holidays (Yom HaAtzma’ut, etc.).