Jewish Holidays 2008

Except for minor fasts, holidays begin at sundown on the first date specified and end at nightfall on the last date specified.
For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana are listed as -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 29 and ends at nightfall on Oct 1.

This page displays the Israel holiday schedule. The Diaspora schedule is used by Jews living outside of modern Israel.

Major holidays 2008  ✡️

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden.

HolidayDates
Pesach  🫓 Sa‑Su *
M‑F
F‑Sa
15-21 Nisan 5768
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Shavuot  ⛰️🌸 Su‑M *
6 Sivan 5768
Festival of Weeks
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Tish'a B'Av  ✡️ Sa‑Su
9 Av 5768
The Ninth of Av
Rosh Hashana  🍏🍯 M‑W
1-2 Tishrei 5769
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur  ✡️ W‑Th
10 Tishrei 5769
Day of Atonement
Sukkot  🌿🍋 M‑Tu *
W‑M
15-21 Tishrei 5769
Feast of Booths
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Shmini Atzeret  ✡️ M‑Tu *
22 Tishrei 5769
Eighth Day of Assembly
Chanukah  🕎 Su‑M
25 Kislev - 2 Tevet 5769
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
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Minor holidays 2008  ✡️

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat  🌳 M‑Tu
15 Sh'vat 5768
New Year for Trees
Purim Katan  🎭️ Tu‑W
14 Adar I 5768
Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Purim  🎭️📜 Th‑F
14 Adar II 5768
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Shushan Purim  🎭️📜 Sa‑Su
16 Adar II 5768
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer   Su‑Su
16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5768
7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni  ✡️ Su‑M
14 Iyyar 5768
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer  🔥 Th‑F
18 Iyyar 5768
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av  ❤️ F‑Sa
15 Av 5768
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Rosh Hashana LaBehemot  🐑 Su‑M
1 Elul 5768
New Year for Tithing Animals
Leil Selichot  🕍 Sep 20 Sa
20 Elul 5768
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts 2008  ✡️

Minor fasts begin at dawn and end at nightfall.

Tish'a B'Av begins at sundown on the first date specified and ends at nightfall on the second date specified.

HolidayDates
Ta'anit Esther   Mar 20 Th
13 Adar II 5768
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot   Apr 17 Th
12 Nisan 5768
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz   Jul 20 Su
17 Tamuz 5768
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tzom Gedaliah   Oct 2 Th
3 Tishrei 5769
Fast of the Seventh Month

Modern holidays 2008  🇮🇱

HolidayDates
Family Day  🇮🇱 Tu‑W
30 Sh'vat 5768
Yom HaMishpacha, a day to honor the family unit, as a whole, and its centrality to our lives
Yom HaShoah  ✡️ W‑Th
26 Nisan 5768
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron  🇮🇱 Tu‑W
2 Iyyar 5768
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut  🇮🇱 W‑Th
3 Iyyar 5768
Israeli Independence Day
Herzl Day  🇮🇱 W‑Th
10 Iyyar 5768
Commemorates the life and vision of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl
Yom Yerushalayim  🇮🇱 Su‑M
28 Iyyar 5768
Jerusalem Day
Jabotinsky Day  🇮🇱 Th‑F
29 Tamuz 5768
Commemorates the life and vision of Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky
Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day  🇮🇱 Su‑M
12 Cheshvan 5769
Commemorates the life of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Sigd  ✡️ W‑Th
29 Cheshvan 5769
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Ben-Gurion Day  🇮🇱 Tu‑W
6 Kislev 5769
Commemorates the life and vision of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

Special Shabbatot 2008  🕍

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shirah   F‑Sa
12 Sh'vat 5768
Shabbat of Song
Shabbat Shekalim   F‑Sa
1 Adar II 5768
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor   F‑Sa
8 Adar II 5768
Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah   F‑Sa
22 Adar II 5768
Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh   F‑Sa
29 Adar II 5768
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol   F‑Sa
14 Nisan 5768
Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon   F‑Sa
8 Av 5768
Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu   F‑Sa
15 Av 5768
Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva   F‑Sa
5 Tishrei 5769
Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh 2008  🌒

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat   M‑Tu
1 Sh'vat 5768
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar I   Tu‑Th
30 Sh'vat - 1 Adar I 5768
Start of month of Adar I (on leap years) on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II   Th‑Sa
30 Adar I - 1 Adar II 5768
Start of month of Adar II (on leap years) on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan   Sa‑Su
1 Nisan 5768
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar   Su‑Tu
30 Nisan - 1 Iyyar 5768
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan   Tu‑W
1 Sivan 5768
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz   W‑F
30 Sivan - 1 Tamuz 5768
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av   F‑Sa
1 Av 5768
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul   Sa‑M
30 Av - 1 Elul 5768
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan   Tu‑Th
30 Tishrei - 1 Cheshvan 5769
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev   Th‑F
1 Kislev 5769
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet   F‑Su
30 Kislev - 1 Tevet 5769
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar