UMass Amherst Jewish Affairs

Jewish Affairs

Calendar of Jewish Holidays


The Jewish day begins and ends at sundown. Thus, all holidays begin at sundown on the first day and end at nightfall on the last day shown in the calendar below.

Descriptions of these holidays can be found by clicking on About the Jewish Holidays.


Academic Year

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Jewish Year

5775

5776

5777

5778

Shabbat

Weekly Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening

Rosh Hashanah

Wed-Fri
Sept 24-26
2014

Sun-Tue
Sept 13-15
2015

Sun-Tue
Oct 2-4
2016

Wed-Fri
Sept 20-22
2017

Yom Kippur

Fri-Sat
Oct 3-4
2014

Tue-Wed
Sept 22-23
2015

Tue-Wed
Oct 11-12
2016

Fri-Sat
Sept 29-30
2017

Sukkot

Wed-Wed
Oct 8-15
2014

Sun-Sun
Sept 27-Oct 4
2015

Sun-Sun
Oct 16-23
2016

Wed-Wed
Oct 4-11
2017

Shemini Atzeret
Simchat Torah

Wed-Fri
Oct 15-17
2014

Sun-Tue
Oct 4-6
2015

Sun-Tue
Oct 23-25
2016

Wed-Fri
Oct 11-13
2017

Hanukkah

Tue, Dec 16-
Wed, Dec 24
2014

Sun, Dec 6-
Mon, Dec 14
2015

Sat, Dec 24-
Sun, Jan 1
2016/2017

Tue, Dec 12-
Wed, Dec 20
2017

Purim

Wed-Thu
Mar 4-5
2015

Wed-Thu
March 23-24
2016

Sat-Sun
Mar 11-12
2017

Wed, Feb 28
-Thu, Mar 1
2018

Passover*

Fri, Apr 3-
Sat, Apr 11
2015

Fri, Apr 22-
Sat, Apr 30
2016

Mon, Apr 10-
Tue, Apr 18
2017

Fri, Mar 30-
Sat, Apr 7
2018

Shavuot

Sun-Tue
May 23-25
2015

Sat-Mon
June 11-13
2016

Tue-Thu
May 30-June 1
2017

Sun-Tue
May 19-21
2018



* Only the first two and last two days of Passover are observed as full holy days, with restrictions on work and travel. However, many extended Jewish families gather for the holiday, and consequently some Jewish students may miss other days as well, and possibly the entire week of classes. Also note that some Jewish denominations (Orthodox and Conservative) observe the full eight days, while others (Reform and Reconstructionist) observe only seven days. Consequently, some Jews will still be observing Passover dietary restrictions on the eighth day, while others will not.



Dates beyond those shown above may be found at:
Hebcal Online Calendar of Jewish Holidays


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