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Holidays provide us with the opportunity to reflect, rejoice, and remember. Below please find the 2021 Jewish holiday guide.
Check back regularly as we will be updating and adding holiday resources, both fun and educational, for you and your family to enjoy.
Remember, the Jewish day begins and ends at sundown. Thus, all holidays begin at sundown on the first day and end at nightfall on the last day shown below.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Wednesday, January 27
The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
Tu Bishvat | The New Year for Trees
Wednesday, January 27 – Thursday, January 28, 2021
The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Thursday, January 28, 2021—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. Commonly known as Tu Bishvat, this day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
We mark the 15th of Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.
Check out some fun Tu Bishvat resources for you and your family.
Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 2 pm EST | A Tu Bishvat Culinary Experience with Chef Liron of the Merage JCC of Orange County – REGISTRATION REQUIRED – CLICK HERE
Thursday, February 25 – Friday, February 26, 2021
The festival of Purim commemorates the Divinely orchestrated salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” It is celebrated with Megillah readings, gifts of food, charity, feasting, and merriment.
Saturday, March 27 – Sunday, April 4, 2021
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matza and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
Yom Hashoah | Holocaust Remembrance Day
Wednesday, April 7 – Thursday, April 8, 2021
Yom Hashoah is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Yom HaZikaron | Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers
Tuesday, 13 April – Wednesday, 14, 2021
Yom HaZikaron is a Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel and Victims of Actions of Terrorism, is Israel’s official remembrance day.
Yom HaAtzma’ut | Independence Day
Wednesday, April 14 – Thursday, April 15, 2021
Yom HaAtzma’ut is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The day is marked by official and unofficial ceremonies and observances.
Lag B’Omer | Revealing the Esoteric: The Soul of Torah
Thursday, April 29th – Friday, April 30, 2021
A festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. It also commemorates another event. In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased
Sunday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Shavuot coincides with the date that G‑d gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. It comes after 49 days of eager counting, as we prepared ourselves for this special day.
It is celebrated by lighting candles, staying up all night to learn Torah, hearing the reading of the Ten Commandments in the synagogue, feasting on dairy foods, and more.
Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, July 18, 2021
Tisha B’Av is an annual fast day in Judaism, on which a number of disasters in Jewish history occurred, primarily the destruction of both Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
Monday, September 6 – September 8, 2021
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king.
Wednesday, September 15 – Thursday, September 16, 2021
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement. We abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations.
Monday, September 20 – Monday, September 27, 2021
The seven days of Sukkot—celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the Four Kinds, and rejoicing—is the holiday when we expose ourselves to the elements in covered huts, commemorating G‑d’s sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land.