Jewish Holidays 2019 – 2020

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 30-Oct 1, 2019 Mon‑TueThe Jewish New Year
Yom KippurOct 9, 2019 WedDay of Atonement
SukkotOct 14-15, 2019 Mon‑Tue
Oct 16-20, 2019 Wed‑Sun
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini AtzeretOct 21, 2019 MonEighth Day of Assembly
Simchat TorahOct 22, 2019 TueDay of Celebrating the Torah
ChanukahDec 23-30, 2019 Mon‑MonThe Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
PurimMar 10, 2020 TuePurim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
PesachApr 9-10, 2020 Thu‑Fri
Apr 11-14, 2020 Shabbat‑Tue
Apr 15-16, 2020 Wed‑Thu
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
ShavuotMay 29-30, 2020 Fri‑ShabbatFestival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'AvJul 30, 2020 ThuThe Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

 

Minor Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Tu BiShvatFeb 10, 2020 MonNew Year for Trees
Purim KatanMinor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim Mar 11, 2020 WedPurim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach SheniMay 8, 2020 FriSecond Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmerMay 12, 2020 Tue33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'AvAug 5, 2020 WedMinor Jewish holiday of love, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av
Leil SelichotSep 12, 2020 ShabbatPrayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

 

Minor Fasts

HolidaysDatesDescription
Tzom GedaliahOct 2, 2019 WedFast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'TevetJan 7, 2020 TueFast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit EstherMar 9, 2020 MonFast of Esther
Ta'anit BechorotApr 8, 2020 WedFast of the First Born
Tzom TammuzJul 9, 2020 ThuFast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple

 

Modern Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Yom HaAliyahNov 5, 2019 TueRecognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
SigdNov 27, 2019 WedEthiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaShoahApr 21, 2020 TueHolocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaronApr 28, 2020 TueIsraeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'utApr 29, 2020 WedIsraeli Independence Day
Yom YerushalayimMay 22, 2020 FriJerusalem Day

 

Special Shabbatot

HolidaysDatesDescription
Shabbat ShuvaOct 5, 2019 ShabbatShabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat ShekalimFeb 22, 2020 ShabbatShabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat ZachorMar 7, 2020 ShabbatShabbat before Purim
Shabbat ParahMar 14, 2020 ShabbatShabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Mar 21, 2020 ShabbatShabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadolApr 4, 2020 ShabbatShabbat before Pesach
Shabbat ChazonJul 25, 2020 ShabbatShabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat NachamuAug 1, 2020 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 29, 2019 TueBeginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh KislevNov 28, 2019 ThuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh TevetDec 28, 2019 ShabbatBeginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 27, 2020 MonBeginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh AdarFeb 25, 2020 TueBeginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh NisanMar 26, 2020 ThuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh IyyarApr 24, 2020 FriBeginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh SivanMay 24, 2020 SunBeginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jun 22, 2020 MonBeginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh AvJul 22, 2020 WedBeginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh ElulAug 20, 2020 ThuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Elul