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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:

  1. Go to http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/ if you’re downloading a holiday calendar, or http://www.hebcal.com/yahrzeit/ if you’re downloading a Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendar.
  2. Fill out the form with your preferences and click the Create Calendar button
  3. Click the Download… button
    Hebcal custom calendar download highlighted
  4. Select the Outlook 97, 98, 2000, 2002, 2003 option from the Download dialog box
  5. In the “Select an Outlook CSV file to download” section, click on the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION_usa.csv or the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION_eur.csv link (depending on whether you want USA or European date formats).
  6. 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:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook
  2. Select the File -> Import and Export… menu option
  3. Select “Import from another program or file” and click Next
  4. Select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)” and click Next
  5. Find the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION.csv file you downloaded and select “Do not import duplicate items” and click Next
  6. Select Calendar and click Next. This will import your chosen file
  7. (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.).

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  • To remove an Internet Calendar Subscription from side-by-side view, clear the check mark for the calendar in the Navigation Pane.
  • To remove the Internet Calendar Subscription from the Navigation Pane, right-click the calendar name, and then click Delete calendar name.
  • Internet Calendar Subscriptions can be added, changed, or removed from the Account Settings dialog box. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings, and then click the Internet Calendars tab.

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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.

To print other sizes, we recommend downloading Outlook CSV from hebcal.com and importing into Microsoft Outlook. Then you can use Outlook’s extermely powerful print features (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Tri-fold, Calendar Details, Day-Timer, Day Runner, Franklin Day Planner, etc.)

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

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Yes. The code is freely available under the terms of The BSD License.

Download from https://github.com/hebcal/dotcom.

hebcal.com depends on https://github.com/mjradwin/hebcal, currently a fork of the mainline https://github.com/hebcal/hebcal repository.

The only difference between the main hebcal/hebcal program and the mjradwin fork is the use of a different sunrise/sunset algorithm that supports Olson tzdb timezones

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When hebcal exports to CSV format, it puts the text “Jewish Holidays” in the Location field. That is there to make it easy to remove entries from your calendar if you got the wrong settings. For example, if you were using candle-lighting times but entered the wrong zip code, you could follow these instructions to remove all of the incorrect entries:

  1. Open your Calendar and on the View menu point to Current View and click Events
  2. Click the Location column heading to sort the list of holidays by Location (you should see “Jewish Holidays” in the location field for the holidays that you imported from CSV)
  3. Click to select the first holiday you want to delete
  4. Hold down SHIFT and click the last holiday you want to delete
  5. Press DELETE to remove all the selected holidays from your Calendar

To delete candle-lighting times, use these instructions:

  1. Open your Calendar and on the View menu point to Current View and click Active Appointments
  2. Do steps 2-5 above

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Some users have a mismatch between the date format they are downloading (USA vs. European) and the setting you’re using in your control panel. This usually results in events that were supposed to take place, for example, on September 2nd instead showing up on February 9th (i.e. the date “9/2″ vs. the date “2/9″).

If you downloaded a calendar with the wrong dates for events, follow our delete Hebcal Jewish calendar from Outlook instructions to make it quick and painless to remove the incorrect information.

To find out the root cause of the mismatch, go to “Regional Options” Control Panel and pick “Date”, and compare the date format you’re using. For example:

[Regional Options Dialog Box]

If it says “M/d/yyyy” like mine does, be sure to download the USA format from hebcal.com. If it says “dd-MMM-yy”, be sure to download European format from hebcal.com.

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We’ve fixed a timezone issue for Arizona that was affecting Apple iCal, Google Calendar, and other iCalendar users. Hebcal.com now uses the “America/Phoenix” timezone instead of “US/Mountain” for all candle-lighting and havdalah times in the state of Arizona. Our apologies if you were getting times that were fine on the hebcal.com website but one hour off when you exported. Try again and let us know if you’re still seeing the problem.
Shana Tova u’Metukah.

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By popular demand, we are pleased to announce a Hebrew-only calendar. Previously users had to see both Hebrew and transliterations, but we’ve added more flexibility in how the results get displayed.

On the Hebcal Custom Calendar page, there is a new Event titles user interface section which offers the “Hebrew only” option. There are actually 5 options:

  • Sephardic transliterations
  • Sephardic translit. + Hebrew
  • Ashkenazis transliterations
  • Ashkenazis translit. + Hebrew
  • Hebrew only

These options are available both for display on the page and download to iCal, Google Calendar, etc.

Here’s an example of what a Hebrew-only calendar looks like: