American Hebrew Academy
Erik Ginsberg

Gregorian/Hebrew Calendar Converter

The Gregorian calendar is the internationally accepted civil calendar. This calendar is used throughout the world today. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by a decree signed on 24 February 1582.

Our Calendar Converter will convert a civil calendar date into the equivalent date on the Hebrew calendar, and vice versa. It can also display that date for six consecutive years.

Why just celebrate the English date of your birthday, anniversary or other simchas? Find your corresponding Hebrew date and celebrate both your English and Hebrew dates!

From a religious perspective it is important to know the Hebrew date of a departed loved one. A Yahrzeit (Yiddish for "a year's time") is the anniversary of their death. Every year it is Jewish custom (minhag) to light a special candle that burns for 24 hours, called a Yahrzeit candle. The candle is lit on the evening before the date of that person's death, as well as on certain holidays and during the initial mourning period immediately following a death.

There are no special prayers or blessings that must be recited while lighting a Yahrzeit candle. Lighting the candle presents a moment to remember the deceased or to spend some time in introspection. Families may choose to use the candle lighting as an opportunity to share memories of the deceased with one another. Others recite appropriate Psalms such as Psalms 23, 121, 130 or 142.