Jewish Calendar

The Passover Seder at Sha’arei Shalom, April 2019

Jewish festivals are celebrated on dates which are determined according to a lunar calendar which does not synchronise with the solar calendar. In order to ensure that seasonal festivals, such as celebrations of harvests, fall in the correct season, the calendar is adjusted.

Seven times in every nineteen years, we add an extra month to the year. How do we do this? When we reach the last month of the year, Adar, we just repeat it!

The Jewish day begins at sunset, which means that all Jewish festivals begin in the evening before the festival day, rather than beginning immediately after midnight. This reflects the origin of the festivals in times when there were no clocks. At least everyone knew when it was dark or light. So a day ended (and the next one began) when the sun set.

Festivals Calendar

Jewish Year 5779

Thursday 23 May 2019 Lag Ba-Omer
Sunday 9 June 2019 Shavuot
Sunday 11 August 2019 Tisha B’Av (fast of the ninth of Av)

Jewish Year 5880

Sunday 29 September 2019 Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday 30 September 2019 Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday 1 October 2019 Rosh Hashanah second day
Saturday 5 October 2019 Shabbat Shuvah
Tuesday 8 October 2019 Erev Yom Kippur (kol nidrei)
Wednesday 9 October 2019 Yom Kippur
Sunday 13 October 2019 Erev Sukkot
Monday 14 October 2019 Sukkot

During the week of Sukkot the community will host an interfaith event at NMRS.

Sunday 20 October 2019 Erev Shmini Atzetet/Simchat Torah
Monday 21 October 2019 Shmini Atzetet/Simchat Torah
Sunday 22 December 2019 First Chanukah light
Saturday 28 December 2019 Shabbat Chanukah
Sunday 29 December 2019 Eighth Chanukah light
The Synagogue decorated with greenery in preparation for Shavuot 2019


Monday 10 February 2020 Tu BiSh’vat (New Year for Trees)
Tuesday 10 March 2020 Purim
Wednesday 8 April 2020 First seder night
Thursday 9 April 2020 First Day Pesach (Passover)
Wednesday 15 April 2020 Seventh Day Pesach
Friday 29 May 2020 Shavuot
Thursday 30 July 2020 Tisha B’Av (fast of the ninth of Av)

Jewish Year 5881

Friday 18 September 2020 Erev Rosh Hashanah
Saturday 19 September 2020 Rosh Hashanah
Sunday 20 September 2020 Rosh Hashanah second day
Saturday 26 September 2020 Shabbat Shuvah
Sunday 27 September Erev Yom Kippur (kol nidrei)
Monday 28 September 2020 Yom Kippur
Friday 2 October 2020 Erev Sukkot
Saturday 3 October 2020 Sukkot

During the week of Sukkot the community will host an interfaith event at NMRS

Friday 9 October 2020 Erev Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Saturday 10 October 2020 Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Thursday 10 December 2020 First Chanukah light
Saturday 12 December 2020 Shabbat Chanukah
Thursday 17 December 2020 Eighth Chanukah light