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 M‑TuThe Jewish New Year
Yom KippurOct 9, 2019 WDay of Atonement
SukkotOct 14-15, 2019 M‑Tu
Oct 16-20, 2019 W‑Su
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini AtzeretOct 21, 2019 MEighth Day of Assembly
Simchat TorahOct 22, 2019 TuDay of Celebrating the Torah
ChanukahDec 23-30, 2019 M‑MThe Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
PurimMar 10, 2020 Tu Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
PesachApr 9-10, 2020 Th‑F
Apr 11-14, 2020 Sa‑Tu
Apr 15-16, 2020 W‑Th
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
ShavuotMay 29-30, 2020 F‑Sa Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'AvJul 30, 2020 ThThe Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

 

Minor Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Tu BiShvatFeb 10, 2020 MNew Year for Trees
Purim KatanMinor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim Mar 11, 2020 WPurim 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 FSecond Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmerMay 12, 2020 Tu33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'AvAug 5, 2020 WMinor Jewish holiday of love, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av
Leil SelichotSep 12, 2020 SaPrayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

 

Minor Fasts

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

 

Modern Holidays

HolidaysDatesDescription
Yom HaAliyahNov 5, 2019 TuRecognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
SigdNov 27, 2019 WEthiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaShoahApr 21, 2020 TuHolocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaronApr 28, 2020 TuIsraeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'utApr 29, 2020 WIsraeli Independence Day
Yom YerushalayimMay 22, 2020 FJerusalem Day

 

Special Shabbatot

HolidaysDatesDescription
Shabbat ShuvaOct 5, 2019 SaShabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat ShekalimFeb 22, 2020 SaShabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat ZachorMar 7, 2020 SaShabbat before Purim
Shabbat ParahMar 14, 2020 SaShabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Mar 21, 2020 SaShabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadolApr 4, 2020 SaShabbat before Pesach
Shabbat ChazonJul 25, 2020 Sa Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat NachamuAug 1, 2020 SaShabbat 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 TuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh KislevNov 28, 2019 ThBeginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh TevetDec 28, 2019 SaBeginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 27, 2020 MBeginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh AdarFeb 25, 2020 TuBeginning 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 ThBeginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh IyyarApr 24, 2020 FBeginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh SivanMay 24, 2020 SuBeginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jun 22, 2020 MBeginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh AvJul 22, 2020 WBeginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh ElulAug 20, 2020 ThBeginning of new Hebrew month of Elul