Jewish Holidays 2020 – 2021

Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden.

 

Major Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Rosh HashanaSep 19-20, 2020 Shabbat‑SunThe Jewish New Year
Yom KippurSep 28, 2020 MonDay of Atonement
SukkotOct 3-4, 2020 Shabbat-Sun
Oct 16-20, 2019 Wed‑Sun
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini AtzeretOct 10, 2020 ShabbatEighth Day of Assembly
Simchat TorahOct 11, 2020 SunDay of Celebrating the Torah
ChanukahDec 11-18, 2020 Fri‑FriThe Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
PurimFeb 26, 2021 FriPurim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
PesachMar 28-29, 2021 Sun‑Mon
Mar 30- Apr 2, 2021 Tue‑Fri
Apr 3-4, 2021 Shabbat‑Sun
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
ShavuotMay 17-18, 2021 Mon‑TueFestival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'AvJul 18, 2021 SunThe Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

 

Minor Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Tu BiShvatJan 28, 2021 ThuNew Year for Trees
Shushan Purim Feb 28, 2021 SunPurim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach SheniApr 26, 2021 MonSecond Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmerApr 30, 2021 Fri33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'AvJul 24, 2021 ShabbatMinor Jewish holiday of love, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av
Leil SelichotAug 28, 2021 ShabbatPrayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

 

Minor Fasts

HolidaysDatesDescription
Tzom GedaliahSep 21, 2020 MonFast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'TevetDec 25, 2020 FriFast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit EstherFeb 25, 2021 ThuFast of Esther
Ta'anit BechorotMar 25, 2021 ThuFast of the First Born
Tzom TammuzJun 27, 2021 SunFast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple

 

Modern Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Yom HaAliyahOct 25, 2020 SunRecognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
SigdNov 16, 2020 MonEthiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaShoahApr 8, 2021 ThuHolocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaronApr 14, 2021 WedIsraeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'utApr 15, 2021 ThuIsraeli Independence Day
Yom YerushalayimMay 10, 2021 MonJerusalem Day

 

Special Shabbatot

HolidaysDatesDescription
Shabbat ShuvaSep 26, 2020 ShabbatShabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat ShekalimFeb 13, 2021 ShabbatShabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat ZachorFeb 20, 2021 ShabbatShabbat before Purim
Shabbat ParahMar 6, 2021 ShabbatShabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Mar 13, 2021 ShabbatShabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadolMar 27, 2021 ShabbatShabbat before Pesach
Shabbat ChazonJul 17, 2021 ShabbatShabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat NachamuJul 24, 2021 ShabbatShabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Rosh ChodeshWhen Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar ChodeshWhen Shabbat falls the day before Rosh Chodesh

 

Rosh Chodesh

HolidaysDatesDescription
Rosh Chodesh CheshvanOct 18, 2020 SunBeginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh KislevNov 17, 2020 TueBeginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh TevetDec 16, 2020 WedBeginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 14, 2021 ThuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh AdarFeb 12, 2021 FriBeginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh NisanMar 14, 2021 SunBeginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh IyyarApr 12, 2021 MonBeginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh SivanMay 12, 2021 WedBeginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jun 10, 2021 ThuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh AvJul 10, 2021 ShabbatBeginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh ElulAug 8, 2021 SunBeginning of new Hebrew month of Elul