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Hebcal for Apple Watch beta

We’re pleased to announce a public beta of Hebcal on the Apple Watch! Sign up for Hebcal Watch Beta so we can collect your feedback and improve the app.

Hebcal Hebrew Calendar provides watch face complications with today’s Hebrew date and this week’s Torah portion. The watch app displays the next 60 days of Hebrew/Gregorian dates and upcoming Jewish holidays. No frills, no gimmicks, no notifications, just an easy way to glance at the date and parsha.

The Hebrew date and weekly Torah portion can be displayed as transliterations in Sephardic (e.g. “Shabbat” or “Sukkot”) or Ashkenazi (e.g. “Shabbos” or “Sukkos”) or in Hebrew (e.g. “שַׁבָּת” or “סוּכּוֹת”).

Select Israel from the settings if you are based in Israel and want to see the Israeli Jewish holiday & Torah reading schedule. The default setting is for Diaspora (outside of Israel).

The app requires an iPhone with iOS 13.0 or later and an Apple Watch® with watchOS 7.0 or later. The app requires an iPhone to install, but there is no companion iPhone app. It runs only on the watch.

As of September 2021, there are two ways to get the watch app:

  1. Sign up for Hebcal Watch Beta so we can collect your feedback and improve the app! The public beta installs via TestFlight, which will let you get early access to any new features
  2. Install the released version of the app directly from the App Store:

iPhone and Android apps will come eventually. Please stay tuned!

If have an iPhone but no Apple Watch, you can still get Hebcal holidays on your device via our download/subscribe process.

G’mar Chatima Tova

גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה

Outlook Mac – delete Hebcal Jewish calendar merged events

Follow these steps to remove Hebcal events from Microsoft Outlook for macOS and you didn’t use the Subscription feature.

1. Open Microsoft Outlook for macOS, and uncheck all calendars except for the one that contains Hebcal events.

2. In the search box on the upper-right, type the text “hebcal” and press Return to select Events that contain “hebcal”

3. Click on the first item in the search results pane on the right. Then, Select All by using ⌘-A (Command-A) on your keyboard. Or, scroll to the bottom, and holding down the Shift key, click on the last item in the search results pane on the right.

4. When prompted Are you sure you want to permanently delete these events? click the Delete button to confirm

Numerical values of Hebrew letters

Our Hebrew Date Converter displays dates in Hebrew. Each letter of the Hebrew alef-bet (alphabet) has a numerical value, specified in the chart below.

We omit the five thousand for Hebrew dates after the year 5000 on the Jewish calendar. For example, the Hebrew year 5782 is written as 782 (תשפ״ב) rather than 5782.

ValueNameLetter
1alephא
2betב
3gimelג
4daletד
5hayה
6vavו
7zayinז
8khetח
9tetט
10yudי
20kafכ
30lamedל
40memמ
50nunנ
60samechס
70ayinע
80payפ
90tzadiצ
100kufק
200reishר
300shinש
400tavת

Note that the numbers 15 and 16 are treated specially, which if rendered as 10+5 or 10+6 would be a name of God, so they are normally written tet-vav (9+6) and tet-zayin (9+7).

For more information, see the Judaism 101 article on the Hebrew Alphabet, the Wikipedia article on Gematria, or JewishGen’s Reading Hebrew Tombstones page.

Outlook.com – delete Hebcal Jewish calendar

To remove a Hebcal Internet Calendar Subscription from Outlook.com on the Web (for @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, and @msn.com email addresses)

This technique will also work with Windows 10 devices (desktops, laptops, tablets and phones) that have a built-in calendar application that connects to Outlook.com

Start by logging into your account at https://outlook.live.com/calendar/

On the left side of the page, under the heading “Other Calendars”, you can see your subscriptions.

Find the Hebcal calendar you wish to remove, click on the three dots (···) and then select “Remove” from the pop-up menu:

Havdalah now available on Candle-lighting Times Year at a Glance page

We are pleased to announce that Havdalah times can optionally be displayed on our Candle-lighting Times Year at a Glance page. This tool lets you get Shabbat and holiday candle lighting times and Parashat haShavuah (weekly Torah Portion) for the entire year on a single page. You can print it out and post it on your refrigerator.

The checkbox on the bottom of the page will show or hide the Havdalah times.