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Jewish holiday calendars in Hebrew

It’s easy to create a calendar in Hebrew instead of transliterations.

First, go to our custom calendar page at

Next, change the Event titles option from the default (Sephardic transliterations) to Hebrew – עברית.

Then, set up the rest of your options as you desire, and click Create Calendar.

Hebcal Event titles in Hebrew

After that, you’ll see the calendar of Jewish holidays, and you will presented with an option to print, download, or subscribe to the calendar.

Number of years in Hebcal calendar feed subscriptions

We’ve made changes to the number of years included in our calendar subscription feeds. Previously all feeds were 5 years long. Now, depending on options you select to include extra events, feeds may be shortened to only two years.

Calendars exported from Hebcal to Google Calendar or other services that support iCalendar subscription feeds are typically “perpetual”. That is, they contain events for the current year (Gregorian or Hebrew) plus some number of years into the future. Our calendars typically have 5 years of events (current year plus 4 years into the future).

Size limitations imposed by Google and other calendar clients require that we limit the number of events per feed.  The total number of years is now reduced to 4 years if you check some options that include many events (“Candle lighting times”, “Days of the Omer” or “Show Hebrew date for dates with some event”) or 2 years if you check options that include one event every day of the year (“Daf Yomi” or “Show Hebrew date every day of the year”).

Note that if you’d like to include the Hebrew date for every day of the year, you can subscribe to that calendar via a separate calendar feed at our Jewish Holiday downloads page. Look for Hebrew calendar dates (English) or Hebrew calendar dates (Hebrew).

An added advantage of this approach is that you can choose separate colors in Google Calendar or iOS/iCloud calendar for the daily calendar event feed.

Printing out Hebcal Jewish calendars

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.

We also offer a simple Print PDF feature that creates PDF files in landscape layout, one page per month.

To print other sizes or to customize, we recommend downloading/exporting from and importing into a more full-featured desktop or web calendar program, such as one of the following:

  • Outlook CSV – Outlook has extremely powerful print features (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Tri-fold, Calendar Details, Day-Timer, Day Runner, Franklin Day Planner, etc.)
  • Google Calendar – offers Day, Week, Month, or Agenda views with customizable date range, font size, page orientation, and color setting (see also “Print your calendar” from Google support)
  • Apple macOS Calendar – offers Day, Week, Month, List, Selected Events in US Letter and other standard paper formats. Options include All-day events, Timed events, Color/Black and white, and text size controls.

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

Calendars in printed form are provided with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Sigd holiday November 10-11, 2016

Hebcal recently added support for Sigd, which is a modern holiday observed in the state of Israel beginning in 2008.

If you enabled the modern holidays feature in Hebcal, you’ll see an event for Sigd this year. Sigd begins at sundown on Tue, 10 November 2015.

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