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We’ve made changes to the number of years included in our calendar subscription feeds. Previously all feeds were 5 years long. Now, depending on options you select to include extra events, feeds may be shortened to only two years.

Calendars exported from Hebcal to Google Calendar or other services that support iCalendar subscription feeds are typically “perpetual”. That is, they contain events for the current year (Gregorian or Hebrew) plus some number of years into the future. Our calendars typically have 5 years of events (current year plus 4 years into the future).

Size limitations imposed by Google and other calendar clients require that we limit the number of events per feed.  The total number of years is now reduced to 4 years if you check some options that include many events (“Candle lighting times”, “Days of the Omer” or “Show Hebrew date for dates with some event”) or 2 years if you check options that include one event every day of the year (“Daf Yomi” or “Show Hebrew date every day of the year”).

Note that if you’d like to include the Hebrew date for every day of the year, you can subscribe to that calendar via a separate calendar feed at our Jewish Holiday downloads page.

An added advantage of this approach is that you can choose separate colors in Google Calendar for the daily calendar event feed.

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Pages generated by the Interactive Jewish Calendar can be printed very easily on standard 8.5×11″ paper. Just try “Print Preview” and you’ll see what it looks like. You can print out an entire year at a time and each month will end up on a separate sheet.

We also offer a simple Print PDF feature that creates PDF files in landscape layout, one page per month.

To print other sizes or to customize, we recommend downloading/exporting from hebcal.com and importing into a more full-featured desktop or web calendar program, such as one of the following:

  • Outlook CSV – Outlook has extremely powerful print features (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Tri-fold, Calendar Details, Day-Timer, Day Runner, Franklin Day Planner, etc.)
  • Google Calendar – offers Day, Week, Month, or Agenda views with customizable date range, font size, page orientation, and color setting (see also “Print your calendar” from Google support)
  • Apple Mac OS X Calendar – offers Day, Week, Month, List, Selected Events in US Letter and other standard paper formats. Options include All-day events, Timed events, Color/Black and white, and text size controls.

See the Printable Shabbat Times tool to print out candle lighting times only for an entire year.

Calendars in printed form are provided with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

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amazon echo alexa We are pleased to announce that we have released an Alexa Skill for Hebcal for users with an Amazon Echo device.

Skills are new voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of your Alexa device. Turning on the Hebcal skill lets you ask questions such as:

  • Alexa, ask Hebcal when Shabbat starts.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal for candle lighting times in 02906.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal for the Torah portion.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal when is Chanukah in 2018?
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal for today’s Hebrew date.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal for the Omer count.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal for Daf Yomi.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal to convert October 20th.
  • Alexa, ask Hebcal when is Rosh Chodesh?
  • Alexa, open Hebcal.

Hebcal is pronounced HEEB-kal, as in HEBrew CALendar.

To turn on the Hebcal skill, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Open the left navigation panel, and then select Skills.
  3. Scroll through the list of available skills. When you want to go to a different page, select Next or Previous at the bottom of the list.
    Tip: You can also use the Search bar to find a specific skill, or sort skills by title, average customer review, or release date.
  4. When you see a skill you want to use, select Enable.

Look for new features in the coming months. We’re planning to add candle-lighting times for Shabbat and holidays, Daf Yomi, and more. Update March 2016 – these features are now available!

If you have a suggestion for what you’d like to see in the Hebcal Alexa Skill, please share your feedback with us!

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To remove a Hebcal calendar from your iPhone or iPad that was subscribed directly from the iOS device, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Settings app, then touch Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  2. Tap Subscribed Calendars:
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  3. Tap the Hebcal calendar that you wish to remove from the list of subscribed calendars:
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  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and tap Delete Account
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  5. Tap Delete Account again to confirm.

See also: iCloud – remove Hebcal Jewish calendar

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To remove an iCloud-managed Hebcal calendar from your iPhone or iPad, follow these three steps.

  1. Go to your Calendar app and tap Calendars at the bottom of the screen:hebcal-iphone-calendars-subscribed-0
  2. If you subscribed via iCloud, you will you see it in the iCloud section like this:
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  3. Tap the circled small ⓘ info icon next to the Hebcal calendar name
  4. Scroll down and tap Delete Calendar
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  5. Tap Delete Calendar again when prompted “Are you sure you want to delete this calendar? All events associated with the calendar will also be deleted.”

See also: iPhone and iPad – remove Hebcal Jewish calendar (without iCloud)