Spring 2018 Holidays


Following are explanations of some major holidays observed by Jews.


Tu B'Shevat – January 31
New Year of the Trees rejoices in the fruit of the tree and the fruit of the vine. Tu B'Shevat marks the beginning of spring in Israel. Tu B'Shevat in Israel>>

Purim – March 1
The Feast of Esther, Jewish day of merrymaking marking the defeat of Persian tyrant Haman.  

Passover – March 31–April 7

Passover recalls the deliverance of Jews from Egyptian slavery. The intricate Seder (ritual dinner) is explained in the Haggadah. Matzoh and other special foods are eaten at the meal.  Passover in Israel>>

Yom Hashoah – April 12

Holocaust Memorial Day includes rituals, liturgy, and customs that commemorate the tragedy that befell the Jewish people during World War II.

Yom Hazikaron – April 18
Israel Memorial Day remembers the soldiers who gave their lives for Israel's independence.

Yom Ha'atzmaut – April 19

Israel Independence Day celebrates the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.  It is celebrated with military parades, concerts, speeches, and outdoor festivities.

Shavuot – May 20–21
Shavuot means "weeks," signifying that this festival is celebrated seven weeks after Passover. This major holiday celebrates the sacred moment on Mount Sinai when Moses received the Torah with the Commandments from G-d. Shavuot in Israel>>

Tisha B'Av – July 22

Tisha B'Av is an annual fast day which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from Israel. 

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