High Holy Days Information – When is Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper

The Jewish High Holy Days are observed during the 10 day period between the first day (Rosh Hashanah) and the 10th day (Yom Kippur) of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only holidays that are purely religious, as they are not related to any historical or natural event.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated the first and second days of Tishri. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. It is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers.

So here for your entertainment are some fun Holiday things for you and your family. We’ve got stories of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a Shofar to blow, some sweet holiday recipes to bake and holiday pictures for the kids to print and color. We hope you find something you like! So bring your kids and tell your friends. And please stop by again.

The Story of the High Holy Days
The Jewish High Holy Days and Their Meaning

The Story of Rosh Hashanah
The Story of Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish New Year

The Story of Yom Kippur
The Story of Yom Kippur and the Day of Atonement

The Festival of Sukkot
The festival is named for the huts (Sukkah) that Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land.

Shemini Atzeret
Sukkot concludes with a special two-day holiday. The first of these days is known as Shemini Atzeret, meaning “the eighth day of assembly”.

Simchat Torah
Sukkot concludes with a special two-day holiday. The second and final day is Simchat Torah, meaning “the joy of Torah”.

The Shofar
What is a Shofar and Why is it Important?

Video Shofar
Here are some videos that show how to blow the different types of Shofars

Sweet Eating
On Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat foods that are sweet with flavor which symbolize the “sweetness and good fortune” of the New Year ahead.

When are the High Holy Days?
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur dates for 2008-2016

The Yahrzeit Candle / Yizkor Service
4 times a year Jews light a special candle in memory of loved ones who have died. Here is the schedule when to light the candle

G-d ! What’s up??
Why is the “o” always missing when the words G-d or L-rd are written on this website?

Presidential Holiday Message
2011 Holiday Greetings from US President –
A Rosh Hashanah Message from President Obama (Video)
(Also archived greetings from former US Presidents Bush and Clinton)

High Holy Days Recipes
Make your High Holy Days celebration a tasty one with these great recipes




High Holy Days Coloring Pictures
High Holy Days inspired coloring pictures to print and color. All you’ll need to bring are the crayons!



High Holy Days eGreeting Cards
Send your friends and family FREE Rosh Hashanah / New Years eGreeting cards