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The J's Guide to The Hebrew Calendar and Other Fun Tidbits

Whether you're Jewish, a J Member, or neither, you may be interested to learn about the many Jewish holidays that take place during the year. We hope you'll find this information educational as you learn and perhaps observe these holidays and traditions. First fun fact -- the Hebrew calendar is actually a lunisolar calendar, meaning that months begin at the sight of a new moon. The Jewish day begins in the at night and ends with day. This is why all Jewish holidays begin at sunset prior to the first full day.


Jewish Holidays Shabbat


Time to unplug! Shabbat is a day of rest and celebration that begins every Friday at sunset, to Saturday just after sunset. Challah, wine, and Shabbat candles can often be found on the Shabbat dinner table.

Every Friday morning at The J, our CDC friends sing songs, light candles, and think about the kind and restful things they will be doing with their families that evening. The community is warmly invited to join them in welcoming Shabbat during our family-friendly Shabalala and Share Shabbat programs.

Shabbat Candle Lighting Schedule for Leawood


Rosh Chodesh

This is the beginning of the new month in the Hebrew calendar, which is marked by the birth of a new moon. Rosh Chodesh has long been considered a special holiday for women, and many Jewish women will gather for a wide variety of activities on this day.

Women and girls of all ages are invited to attend our monthly Rosh Chodesh gathering:

Monthly New Moon Women's Circle


Upcoming Holidays


The Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is a joyous holiday commemorating the ancient victory of a band of Jewish zealots (the Maccabees) over a much larger Syrian-Greek army. Jews regained their holiest site, the Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to Jewish worship.

Symbols of the holiday: Sufganiyot (doughnuts), latkes (potato pancakes), menorah (candelabra), dreidels (tops), and chocolate gelt (coins used as prizes for the dreidel game).

2020: Thursday, December 10 (at sunset) - Friday December 18


Jewish Holiday Information


Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur


Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah


Tu B'Shevat



Yom HaShoah

Yom HaZikaron

Yom HaAtzmaut

Lag B'Omer


Tisha B'Av

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