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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


From Slavery to Freedom; The Feast of Unleavened Bread

Passover celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their passage from slavery to freedom. On the first night of Passover, (first two nights for traditional Jews outside of Israel) Jews gather in homes to tell that story during a ceremonial meal called a seder (say-der).

Jewish Holidays PassoverThe seder plate contains symbolic foods: Zeroah, a lamb's shank bone symbolizing the ancient Passover sacrifice; Beitzah, a roasted egg symbolizing the temple sacrifice and the continuing cycle of life; Haroset, a paste of fruit and nuts symbolizing the mortar used by Israelite slaves; Mar'or, a bitter herb representing the bitterness of slavery; Karpas, a green vegetable representing spring; and a bowl of salt water in which to dip the karpas symbolizing the tears of Israelite slaves.

During Passover, it is traditional to refrain from eating grains or products made with grains, to remind us of how the Israelites left in such a hurry that they had no time for their bread to rise.

Did you know? Between Passover and the next holiday, Shavuot, it is traditional to count the days. There are 50 days between the second day of Passover and Shavuot. For historic reasons, this period is one of semi-mourning.

Celebrate with us: HC Passover Luncheon

2020: Wednesday, April 8 (at sunset) - Thursday, April 16 | The J closes the first and last days in observance


Jewish Holiday Information


Rosh Hashana

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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