American Hebrew Academy
Erik Ginsberg

Jewish Holidays & Observances
5775 (2014/2015)

All Jewish holidays begin at sunset prior to the date listed.

Rosh HaShanah
Begins sunset of Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ends nightfall of Friday, September 26, 2014
Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish near year. It is both a day of judgment for mankind, as well as an exhilarating time of closeness and reconciliation with God.

Yom Kippur
Begins sunset of Friday, October 3, 2014
Ends nightfall of Saturday, October 4, 2014
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a day of fasting and repentance, affording man the opportunity to cleanse himself of his sins and renew his relationship with God.

Begins sunset of Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Festival of Booths - with Lulav and Etrog in hand, we camp out under the stars seven days and remember that God is our ultimate protection.

Begins sunset of Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Chanukah, The Holiday of Lights -- celebrating the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days, and continues to illuminate our lives to this day.

Tu B'Shvat
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
New Year for the Trees-- Celebrate our connection to the environment and appreciate the fruits of the Land of Israel.

Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 5, 2015
Purim: The Holiday of Joy -- dress up, drink and be merry while remembering how the Jews of Persia narrowly escaped annihilation thanks to the bravery of Queen Esther.

Begins sunset of Friday, April 3, 2015
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 11, 2015
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Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 16, 2015
Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Israel honors the memory of the Six Million by learning about their heroism in the face of inhumanity and exploring the roots of anti-Semitism.

Israel Memorial Day
April 22, 2015
Israel Memorial Day -- giving one's life in defense of the Jewish people is a mitzvah of the highest order.

Israel Independence Day
April 23, 2015
Israel Independence Day -- the historic return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel is a modern miracle.

Lag B'Omer
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Lag B’Omer literally means the 33rd day of the Omer. The holiday has come to symbolize the resilience of the Jewish spirit.

Yom Jerusalem Day
May 17, 2015
On the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, we remember the special significance of the Holy City, and why it is the capital of the Jewish nation.

Begins sunset of Saturday, May 23, 2015
Ends nightfall of Monday, May 25, 2015
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.

Tisha B'Av
July 25 - 26, 2015
A Major Fast Day -- remembering the day when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, not once but twice.