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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (literally “Head of the Year” in Hebrew) is the Jewish New Year and the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days. 

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the “Day of Atonement” and the holiest day of the Jewish Year. Many people fast for the duration of the holiday.

Sukkot

This harvest festival is all about not taking things for granted, and it’s a time to give thanks—particularly for food and shelter.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah, which means “dedication,” is a beloved winter festival celebrating both a military victory and a miracle. Its eight days are filled with menorahs, dreidels and fried foods.

Tu Bishvat

Called the “Birthday,” “New Year of the Trees” and “Jewish Earth Day,” this holiday is a time to connect traditional Jewish values of taking care of the Earth with modern environmental values.

Purim

Purim is a lively holiday that is full of costumes, pageants and traditional cookies called “hamantaschen.” It’s especially kid-friendly, and revolves around a central story that features an interfaith marriage.

Passover

During Passover, families and loved ones join around a seder table and retell the story of Exodus, a story of freedom. This holiday lasts seven or eight days depending on preference and location.

Shavuot

Shavuot brings together two different celebrations: the significant moment in Jewish religious history when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai and the summer harvest.

Shabbat

One of the most important Jewish holidays happens every single week: the day of rest. This biblical tradition offers us the gift of taking a break starting Friday at sundown.

Tu B’av

Tu B’av, also known as “Jewish Valentine’s Day” is all about love. Before its modern interpretation, though, Tu B’av can be traced back to the grape harvest as a day of matchmaking. 

Tisha B’av

Tisha B’av is a major day of mourning in Judaism that involves fasting. It’s the culmination of a three-week period of mourning, and is often regarded as the saddest day in the religion. 

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah means “Joy of the Torah,” and it marks when the completion of the yearly cycle of Torah readings in synagogue.