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Jewish Festivals and Holy Days


At Kehilat Ariel we follow the Jewishbiblical calendar for festivals and holy days.  Many of these are given directly in the Torah such as Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot (cf. Leviticus 23).  Others came later in Jewish history yet also tell an important story such as Purim and Hanukkah.  Some are even recent additions based on the Jewish experience like Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut.  Many of these festivals are called “God’s appointed times”; that is, God’s time to meet with us in a special way.  All the holy days speak of vital lessons from Jewish history but also contain prophetic pictures of God’s plan for us in the near future!  Enjoy the resources listed below and join us for a distinctive messianic Jewish service at one of the upcoming holy days.

Shabbat: Sundown Friday until Sundown Saturday
Tu Bishvat (Arbor Day): Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Purim (Scroll of Esther): Thursday, March 5, 2015
Pesach (Passover): Saturday, April 4, Saturday, April 11, 2015
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day): Thursday, April 16, 2015
Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day): Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israel Independence Day): Thursday, April 23, 2015
Lag B’Omer (33rd day of the Omer): Thursday, May 7, 2015

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day): Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shavuot (Pentecost):  Sunday, May 24 – Monday, May 25, 2015
Tish’a B’Av (9th of Av): Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rosh Hashanah (New Year):  Monday, September 14 – Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement): Wednesday, October 23, 2015
Sukkot (Tabernacles): Monday, September 28 – Wednesday, October 4, 2015
Shemini Atzeret (8th day of Sukkot): Monday, October 5, 2015
Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah): Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Hanukkah (Dedication): Sunday, December 6 – Monday, December 14, 2015

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date listed.

For more information about the background and messianic perspective on the Jewish festivals, check out the popular book by our rabbi:

God’s Appointed Times by Barney Kasdan (available at

There are many free sermons pertaining to the Jewish holy days on the audio files of this webpage. To link to KA newsletter articles about the various holy days, click on the following:

Passover – March/April 2007

Bikkurim –

Yom HaShoah

Shavuot –

Rosh Hashanah – Sept/Oct 2004

Yom Kippur – Sept/Oct 2002

Sukkot – Sept/Oct 1996

Hanukkah –