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Google Calendar alternative instructions – Jewish holidays download

If you’re having difficulty using the default importing Hebcal to Google Calendar instructions, here is an alternative technique to try that replaces the “subscribe” step with downloading and uploading.

Note that this technique requires a laptop/desktop computer (macOS, Windows, Linux), and generally will not work on a tablet or a phone.

Please note carefully steps 13-14 below. These steps have you create a new, separate calendar to upload your Hebcal events. This step is important so you don’t inadvertently merge Hebcal events with your own calendar events.
  1. Go to if you’re downloading a holiday calendar, or 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
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  4. Select the Google Calendar option from the Download dialog box
  5. Click on the “Alternate option: download” to download the Jewish Calendar YYYY.ics file to your desktop
  6. If presented with a dialog box, be sure to chose the “Save File”, not “Open With …”
    hebcal download save file vs open with dialog box
  7. After the .ics file has downloaded, do not open it on your desktop.
    • Leave it sitting in your Downloads folder for now.
    • You will use it in step 13 below.
  8. Go to Google Calendar
  9. Click the Create link at the bottom of the “My calendars” list on the left-hand side of the page
    Google Calendar import step 1
  10. For the Calendar Name box, type the name “Hebcal” or “Jewish holidays” or whatever you’d like to call it
    Google Calendar import step 2
  11. Click the Create Calendar button to make a new, empty calendar
  12. Click the Add down-arrow button at the bottom of the calendar list on the left side of the page, and select Import Calendar
    Google Calendar import step 3
  13. Click Browse and choose the Jewish Calendar YYYY.ics file that contains your events, then click Open
    Google Calendar import step 4
  14. Select the Google Calendar where you’d like to import events, then click Import
    Google Calendar import step 5

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.).