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Hebcal offers a way to specify candle-lighting times location by latitude and longitude for remote or less-populated areas.

Hebcal supports already over 45,000 world cities. Just search for the name of any world city with population 5,000+. However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our location database, here’s how you could find candle-lighting times for a specific location.

Example: Ixiamas, Bolivia.

  1. Go to the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names at http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/
  2. Type “Ixiamas” in the Find box and click “Search” button
  3. Click on the link that says “Ixiamas… inhabited place”
  4. Note the latitude/longitude represented in “degrees minutes direction” (in the example of Ixiamas, La Paz, Bolivia it is Lat: 13 45 S and Long: 068 10 W) and write this information down on a sheet of paper
  5. Visit the Hebcal Custom Calendar latitude/longitude page at https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?c=on;geo=pos
  6. Type the latitude and longitude into the form (13 degrees, 45 minutes South Latitude, 68 degrees 10 minutes West Longitude)
  7. Select the Time zone option specific to your location (see Wikipedia’s List of tz database time zones)
  8. Click “Get Calendar” button at the bottom of the form

Posted by & filed under Download - Microsoft Outlook.

Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to older versions of Microsoft Outlook.

First, you’ll need to download an Outlook CSV (Comma-separated values) file from hebcal.com:

  1. Open a web browser on your Microsoft Windows computer.
    1. to download holidays and candle-lighting times, navigate to https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/
    2. OR, to download Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendar, navigate to to https://www.hebcal.com/yahrzeit/
  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 CSV option from the Download dialog box
    CSV Jewish calendar download dialog box
  5. In the dialog box, select one of the two Download buttons – either Outlook CSV – USA date format (month/day/year) or Outlook CSV – European date format (day/month/year) (depending on whether you want USA or European date formats).
  6. When prompted, specify a convenient name and location for the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION.csv file in the “Save As” dialogue box. We recommend saving the file on the Desktop

Next, import that file into Outlook:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook
  2. Select the File -> Import and Export… menu option
  3. Select “Import from another program or file” and click Next
  4. Select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)” and click Next
  5. Find the hebcal_DATE_LOCATION.csv file you downloaded and select “Do not import duplicate items” and click Next
  6. Select Calendar and click Next. This will import your chosen file
  7. (optional) Synchronize your Pocket PC or Palm handheld with Outlook

For specific instructions for a particular version of Outlook, please see the “How to Import Text Data” section of one of these articles:

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.).

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Follow these instructions to subscribe to a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed in Calendar.app on macOS (formerly called Mac OS X) desktop:

  1. Open a web browser on your macOS computer.
    1. to download holidays and candle-lighting times, navigate to https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/
    2. OR, to download Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendar, navigate to to https://www.hebcal.com/yahrzeit/
  2. Fill out the form with your preferences and click the Create Calendar button
  3. Click the Download… button
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  4. Click on the “macOS” option from the Download dialog box
    Apple Mac OS X Jewish calendar download dialog box
  5. Click on the “Download to Mac Calendar” button
  6. Apple Calendar (OS X Mountain Lion and later) or iCal (OS X Lion and earlier) will start up
  7. Click Subscribe in the “Calendar URL:” dialog box (see screenshot below)
    Enter the url of the calendar you want to subscribe to
  8. In the next dialog box, uncheck the “Remove Alerts” option if you wish to be notified of candle-lighting and Havdalah times.
    Mac OS X Calendar Info dialog box v3
  9. Use Location: iCloud if you wish to synchronize with other Apple devices such as iPhone or iPad. Use Location: On My Mac if you wish to have the calendar subscription only on your desktop.
  10. Click OK

 

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Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to Google Calendar.

These instructions are designed for downloading holidays and candle-lighting times, which do not contain personal (sensitive) data. For Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendars, please follow our Google Calendar alternative instructions, which download a 20-year personal calendar to your desktop/laptop computer, followed by an upload to Google Calendar.

  1. Open a web browser on your computer and navigate to https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/
  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
    Google Jewish_Calendar download dialog
  5. Click on the “Add to Google Calendar” button that looks like this:
    Add to Google Calendar
  6. When Google Calendar asks “Would you like to add calendar: Jewish Holidays?” click “Yes, add this calendar”
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  7. Next, you’ll see a message saying that “The calendar at http://download.hebcal.com/export/… will be indexed by Google Calendar.”
    google_calendar_subscribe_2
  8. After 3-4 minutes, you’ll see your new calendar in the left sidebar under “Other calendars”
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  9. If you need to make changes, you can click on the Hebcal calendar in the left and select “Calendar settings” from the pop-up menu.
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Posted by & filed under Download - Microsoft Outlook.

Follow these instructions to subscribe to a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed in Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

These instructions work on Outlook for Mac 2011 or later:

  1. Open a web browser on your macOS computer.
    1. to download holidays and candle-lighting times, navigate to https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/
    2. OR, to download Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendar, navigate to to https://www.hebcal.com/yahrzeit/
  2. Fill out the form with your preferences and click the Create Calendar button
  3. Click the Download… button
  4. Select the Outlook Mac option from the Download dialog box
  5. Click on the Jewish Calendar YYYY.ics download button
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Next, find the downloaded .ics file (typically in your Downloads or Desktop folder). To get the Jewish holidays to show up with a color-coded category, be sure to drag and drop the .ics file you downloaded onto one of the category labels on the left pane as follows:

Screen shot of adding a hebcal.ics file to Outlook 2011 for macOS

If you simply drag the .ics file to Outlook 2011 icon in your dock or double-click on it, it will get categorized and color-coded as “No Category” which is probably not what you want.