Important Dates in September and October

One way of relating and showing friendship to your Jewish friends and neighbors is to let them know that you understand and respect their religious holidays. At those times, a card or a few words of personal greeting are most appropriate.

This year the Jewish High Holidays (appointed feasts commanded in Scripture) are:

  • September 28 and 291Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year 5753, also called Yom Truah (Feast of Trumpets)
  • October 7 — Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
  • October 12-19 — Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Booths)

These are immediately followed on October 20 by Simchat Torah (Rejoicing over the Law of Moses), a traditional rabbinic celebration.

  • Dates are reckoned as beginning on the eve of the previous day at sunset. By rabbinic tradition, Jews in the diaspora celebrate Rosh Hashanah for two days, even though Scripture commands only one.