We’re pleased to offer Jewish holiday downloads for many Android devices through a two step process that sends Hebcal data first to Google Calendar, and then to your Android phone or tablet.
Note that Hebcal is not an app for Android (in the Google Play sense of apps that you install). Rather, Hebcal is a website that allows you to download/export calendar data to the calendar application that comes natively with your device.
1. Follow our Google Calendar Jewish holidays download instructions.
2. Go back to your Android device and enable synchronization to Google Calendar. Here are “Sync & display calendars” instructions for specific versions of Android:
Note that there appears to be a limitation in Android calendar where events more than one year in the future will NOT sync to your device. The events are visible on the Google Calendar on the Web but will not download to the device until the current date approaches more closely.
See these articles for more detail:
How do I sync Google Calendar events that occur more than one year in the future?
Android Bug #41281
Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to newer versions of Microsoft Outlook.
This technique uses Outlook’s “Internet Calendar Subscription” feature which keeps a separate calendar from your primary calendar. The calendar appears as an “overlay” and can be managed separately from your main calendar.
This method is preferred for newer versions, e.g. Outlook 2010, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Office 365. If you plan to sync Outlook with a BlackBerry, consider using the old-style Outlook CSV instructions instead.
- Open a web browser on your Microsoft Windows computer.
- to download holidays and candle-lighting times, navigate to http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/
- OR, to download Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendar, navigate to to http://www.hebcal.com/yahrzeit/
- Fill out the form with your preferences and click the Create Calendar button
- Click the Download… button
- Select the Outlook option from the Download dialog box
- Click on the Download Outlook Internet Calendar Subscription button
- You might be prompted to acknowledge that you are opening a hyperlink. You should click Yes.
- Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, 2010, or 2013 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.
Hebcal recently added support for Sigd, which is a modern holiday observed in the state of Israel beginning in 2008.
If you enabled the modern holidays feature in Hebcal, you’ll see an event for Sigd this year. Sigd begins at sundown on Tue, 10 November 2015.
We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
Rosh Hashana 5776 begins at sundown on Sun, 13 September 2015.
Don’t forget to print out your Candle lighting times Year at a Glance page.
Much like our full Jewish calendar REST API, we offer a simple API for getting just this week’s Shabbat times and Torah Portion. Two output formats are supported: JSON and RSS.
The basic URL format is as follows:
Note the following customizable parameters and their meanings:
- cfg=json – output format is JSON (cfg=json) or RSS (cfg=r)
- m=50 – Havdalah 50 minutes after sundown. Set to m=0 (zero) to disable Havdalah times
- b=18 – Candle-lighting time minutes before sunset
- a=off – use Sephardic (a=off) or Ashkenazis transliterations (a=on)
You must specify a location for candle-lighting times:
- geo=geoname – location specified by GeoNames.org numeric ID
- requires additional parameter geonameid=3448439
- Hebcal.com supports approximately 47,000 different GeoNames IDs. These are cities with a population of 5000+. See cities5000.zip from http://download.geonames.org/export/dump/.
- geo=zip – location specified by United States ZIP code
- requires additional parameter zip=90210
- geo=city – location specified by one of the Hebcal.com legacy city identifiers
- requires additional parameter city=GB-London
- geo=pos – location specified by latitude, longitude, and timezone. Requires additional 3 parameters:
- latitude=[-90 to 90] – latitude in decimal format (e.g.
- longitude=[-180 to 180] – longitude decimal format (e.g.
- tzid=TimezoneIdentifier (See List of tz database time zones)
And example output looks like this: