In general, Jewish Holidays begin the evening before the date specified. This is because the Jewish day actually begins at sundown on the previous night. Sometimes, for clarity, the Erev holiday is also included to indicate that the holiday begins the evening before.
For example, in the April 2015 calendar below, Erev Pesach is listed as April 3rd and the first day of Pesach is listed as April 4th. This means that the holiday of Pesach begins on the evening on April 3rd.
And, Rosh Chodesh Iyyar is listed on April 19. This means that Rosh Chodesh begins on the evening of April 18, even though the Erev is not explicitly mentioned on the calendar.
Minor fasts (Tzom Gedaliah, Asara B’Tevet, Ta’anit Esther, Ta’anit Bechorot, and Tzom Tammuz) begin at dawn. Major fasts (Yom Kippur and Tish’a B’Av) begin the evening before.
First, you’ll want to start by including the CSS and JS in your header, per the FullCalendar Basic Usage.
Then, for the
events configuration, use a
url that references our Jewish calendar REST API, but change
You won’t need to specify a
year=YYYY parameter, as the fullcalendar.io script automatically sends
end=YYYY-MM-DD parameters for you.
For best performance, be sure to use
Here’s the FullCalendar invocation:
If you’d like to include candle-lighting times for Shabbat and holidays, be sure to adjust the
url parameter to include
c=on and one of the location fields (such as
geonameid=3448439 for São Paulo, Brazil).
We recommend some specific styles to make the page look prettier:
Here’s a complete example that uses the aforementioned JS + CSS, and also includes the necessary stuff to load FullCalendar.io and dependencies via CDN:
Hebcal offers a way to specify candle-lighting times location by latitude and longitude for remote or less-populated areas.
Hebcal supports already over 45,000 world cities. Just search for the name of any world city with population 5,000+. However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our location database, here’s how you could find candle-lighting times for a specific location.
Example: Ixiamas, Bolivia.
- Go to the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names at http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/
- Type “Ixiamas” in the Find box and click “Search” button
- Click on the link that says “Ixiamas… inhabited place”
- Note the latitude/longitude represented in “degrees minutes direction” (in the example of Ixiamas, La Paz, Bolivia it is Lat: 13 45 S and Long: 068 10 W) and write this information down on a sheet of paper
- Visit the Hebcal Custom Calendar latitude/longitude page at http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?c=on;geo=pos
- Type the latitude and longitude into the form (13 degrees, 45 minutes South Latitude, 68 degrees 10 minutes West Longitude)
- Select the Time zone option specific to your location (see Wikipedia’s List of tz database time zones)
- Click “Get Calendar” button at the bottom of the form
Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to older versions of Microsoft Outlook.
First, you’ll need to download an Outlook CSV (Comma-separated values) file from hebcal.com:
- 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 CSV option from the Download dialog box
- In the dialog box, select one of the two Download buttons – either Outlook CSV – USA date format (month/day/year) or Outlook CSV – European date format (day/month/year) (depending on whether you want USA or European date formats).
- When prompted, specify a convenient name and location for the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION.csv file in the “Save As” dialogue box. We recommend saving the file on the Desktop
Next, import that file into Outlook:
- Open Microsoft Outlook
- Select the File -> Import and Export… menu option
- Select “Import from another program or file” and click Next
- Select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)” and click Next
- Find the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION.csv file you downloaded and select “Do not import duplicate items” and click Next
- Select Calendar and click Next. This will import your chosen file
- (optional) Synchronize your Pocket PC or Palm handheld with Outlook
For specific instructions for a particular version of Outlook, please see the “How to Import Text Data” section of one of these articles:
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.).