Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for 2013. Each holiday page includes a brief overview of special observances and customs, and any special Torah readings.

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana were listed as Sep 19-20, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 18 and ends at sundown on Sep 20.


Major holidays

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

Purim Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach -
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot - Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples
Rosh Hashana - The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Day of Atonement
Sukkot -
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah - The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights

Minor holidays

Tu BiShvat New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B'Omer 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Aug 31 Prayers for forgivenes in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Ta'anit Esther Feb 21 Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 25 Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jun 25 Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 8 Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'Tevet Dec 13 Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem

Modern holidays

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

Shabbat Shekalim Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet