High Holy Days

2018

Rosh Hashanah will begin in the evening of
Sunday, September 9
and end in the evening of
Tuesday, September 11

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim (“Days of Awe”), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teru’ah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).


Yom Kippur will begin in the evening of
Tuesday, September 18
and end in the evening of
Wednesday, September 19

Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”).