UMass Amherst Jewish Affairs

Jewish Affairs

Calendar of Jewish Holidays


The Jewish day begins and ends at sundown. Thus, all holidays begin at sundown of the day preceding the date shown and end at nightfall of the last day shown in the calendar.

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


Academic Year

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Jewish Year

5772

5773

5774

5775

Shabbat

Weekly Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening

Rosh Hashanah

Thu-Fri
Sept 29-30
2011

Mon-Tue
Sept 17-18
2012

Thu-Fri
Sept 5-6
2013

Thu-Fri
Sept 25-26
2014

Yom Kippur

Sat
Oct 8
2011

Wed
Sept 26
2012

Sat
Sept 14
2013

Sat
Oct 4
2014

Sukkot

Thu-Wed
Oct 13-19
2011

Mon-Sun
Oct 1-7
2012

Thu-Wed
Sept 19-25
2013

Thu-Wed
Oct 9-15
2014

Shemini Atzeret
Simchat Torah

Thu-Fri
Oct 20-21
2011

Mon-Tue
Oct 8-9
2012

Thu-Fri
Sept 26-27
2013

Thu-Fri
Oct 16-17
2014

Hanukkah

Wed-Wed
Dec 21-28
2011

Sun-Sun
Dec 9-16
2012

Thu-Thu
Nov28-Dec5
2013

Wed-Wed
Dec 17-24
2014

Purim

Thu
March 8
2012

Sun
Feb 24
2013

Sun
Mar 16
2014

Thu
Mar 5
2015

Passover*

Sat-Sat
April 7-14
2012

Tue-Tue
Mar 26-Apr 2
2013

Tue-Tue
Apr 15-22
2014

Sat-Sat
Apr 4-11
2015

Shavuot

Sun-Mon
May 27-28
2012

Wed-Thu
May 15-16
2013

Wed-Thu
June 4-5
2014

Mon-Tue
May 24-25
2015



* 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 Interactive Jewish Calendar


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