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 2019-2020 

Jewish Year 5780

Shabbat Weekly Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday night
Rosh Hashanah Mon-Tues, Sep 30-Oct 1, 2019
Yom Kippur Tues-Wed Oct 8-9, 2019
Sukkot Sun-Sun, Oct. 13-20, 2019
Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah   Mon-Tues, Oct. 21-22, 2019
Hanukkah Sun-Mon, Dec. 22-30, 2019
Purim Mon-Tues, March 9-10, 2020
Passover* Wed-Thurs, April 8-16, 2020
Shavuot Thurs-Sat, May 28-30, 2020


Academic Year 2020-2021

Jewish Year 5781

Shabbat Weekly Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday night
Rosh Hashanah Fri-Sun, Sept. 18-20, 2020
Yom Kippur Sun-Mon, Sept. 27-28, 2020
Sukkot Fri-Fri, Oct. 2-9, 2020
Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah   Sat-Sun, Oct. 10-11, 2020
Hanukkah Thurs-Fri, Dec. 10-18, 2020
Purim Fri-Sat, Feb. 26-27, 2021
Passover* Sat-Sat, March 27-April 3, 2021
Shavuot Sun-Mon, May 16-17, 2021

* 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.

For a PDF chart of yearly Jewish holidays, please click here.

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