Norwood's Jewish Calendar

WELCOME TO THE NORWOOD JEWISH CALENDAR

We’ve created this Norwood calendar for you to use through the year – from festival to festival and Shabbat to Shabbat.

We hope this calendar is helpful in finding:

 • information on Jewish festivals

 • ideas for involving people in festival activities

 • start and finish times for festivals and Shabbat

We look forward to celebrating the Jewish year with you and your family.

Rabbi Stanley Coten (07711 385 186) and Norwood’s Jewish Cultural Advisor, Dov Richman (07763 573538)

Shabbat and High Holy Days
Festival days which are not High Holy Days

Scroll down for the calendar, or click here to download a printable copy

September
ROSH HASHANAH

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, heralds a period of refl ection and a time when Jewish people are inspired to ‘raise a noise’. The sound of the shofar is designed to rouse our souls out of slumber.

This Rosh Hashanah, please help us raise a noise for people like Sophia and her family. Norwood has been there for thousands of people like them for nearly 225 years. With your support, we’ll be there for ever.

Sophia, centre, with her siblings, Maya, left, and Chloe, right
SEPTEMBER 2019 ELUL – TISHREI
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  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • Sunday1
  • Monday2
  • Tuesday3
  • Wednesday4
  • Thursday5
  • Friday6
    19:21
  • Saturday7
    20:22
  • Sunday8
  • Monday9
  • Tuesday10
  • Wednesday11
  • Thursday12
  • Friday13
    19:05
  • Saturday14
    20:05
  • Sunday15
  • Monday16
  • Tuesday17
  • Wednesday18
  • Thursday19
  • Friday20
    18:49
  • Saturday21
    19:48
  • Sunday22
  • Monday23
  • Tuesday24
  • Wednesday25
  • Thursday26
  • Friday27
    18:33
  • Saturday28
    19:32
  • Sunday29
    18:29
    Eve of Rosh Hashanah
  • Monday30
    18:29
    1st Day Rosh Hashanah
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
 
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October
YOM KIPPUR

WHAT IS IT?

  • Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We don’t eat or drink from sundown to sundown and we go to shul to pray
  • We eat a meal to ’break the fast’
Yom Kippur is a time to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the year gone by.
OCTOBER 2019 TISHREI – CHESHVAN
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
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  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 30
  • Tuesday1
    18:29
    2nd Day Rosh Hashanah
  • Wednesday2
    Fast of Gedaliah
  • Thursday3
  • Friday4
    18:17
  • Saturday5
    19:16
  • Sunday6
  • Monday7
  • Tuesday8
    18:08
    Kol Nidre
  • Wednesday9
    19:16
    Yom Kippur
  • Thursday10
  • Friday11
    18:02
  • Saturday12
    19:01
  • Sunday13
    18:53
    Eve of Succot
  • Monday14
    17:57
    1st Day Succot
  • Tuesday15
    18:57
    2nd Day Succot
  • Wednesday16
    3rd Day Succot
  • Thursday17
    4th Day Succot
  • 18
    17:46
    5th Day Succot
  • Saturday19
    18:46
    6th Day Succot
  • Sunday20
    18:26
    7th Day Succot
  • Monday21
    Shemini Atzeret
  • Tuesday22
    Simchat Torah
  • Wednesday23
  • Thursday24
  • Friday25
    17:32
  • Saturday26
    18:33
  • Sunday27
  • Monday28
  • Tuesday29
  • Wednesday30
  • Thursday31
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
 
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November
MITZVAH DAY

WHAT IS IT?

  • On this day we do a good deed for others

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We come together to do good in our community
  • We help others who are in need
  • We look after our environment and do tasks such as cleaning and painting
Norwood’s Mitzvah Day team in action at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre.
NOVEMBER 2019 CHESHVAN – KISLEV
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  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • Friday1
    16:19
  • Saturday2
    17:21
  • Sunday3
  • Monday4
  • Tuesday5
  • Wednesday6
  • Thursday7
  • Friday8
    16:07
  • Saturday9
    17:10
  • Sunday10
  • Monday11
  • Tuesday12
  • Wednesday13
  • Thursday14
  • Friday15
    15:56
  • Saturday16
    17:01
  • Sunday17
  • Monday18
  • Tuesday19
  • Wednesday20
  • Thursday21
  • Friday22
    15:48
  • Saturday23
    16:54
  • Sunday24
  • Monday25
  • Tuesday26
  • Wednesday27
  • Thursday28
  • Friday29
    15:41
  • Saturday30
    16:49
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December
CHANUKAH

WHAT IS IT?

  • Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It lasts for eight days
  • Chanukah means ‘dedication’
  • It celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the victory of the Maccabees
  • It celebrates the miracle of the oil, which burnt for eight days, even though there was only enough to last one day

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We light a candle every evening to celebrate the miracle of the oil
  • We eat oily foods, such as latkes and doughnuts
The Carlton Avenue crew celebrate at their Chanukah party
DECEMBER 2019 KISLEV – TEVET
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  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • Sunday1
  • Monday2
  • Tuesday3
  • Wednesday4
  • Thursday5
  • Friday6
    15:38
  • Saturday7
    16:46
  • Sunday8
  • Monday9
  • Tuesday10
  • Wednesday11
  • Thursday12
  • Friday13
    15:36
  • Saturday14
    16:46
  • Sunday15
  • Monday16
  • Tuesday17
  • Wednesday18
  • Thursday19
  • Friday20
    15:38
  • Saturday21
    16:48
  • Sunday22
    1st Chanukah light after nightfall
  • Monday23
    1st Day Chanukah
  • Tuesday24
    2nd Day Chanukah
  • Wednesday25
    3rd Day Chanukah
  • Thursday26
    4th Day Chanukah
  • Friday27
    15:42
    5th Day Chanukah
  • Saturday28
    16:52
    6th Day Chanukah
  • Sunday29
    7th Day Chanukah
  • Monday30
    8th Day Chanukah
  • Tuesday31
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  • 4
  • 5
 
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January
NORWOOD AT 225

In 1795, the brothers Abraham and Benjamin Goldsmid started campaigning for funds for a major Jewish poor relief scheme. Some 12 years later, the money they had raised was used to establish the Jews’ Hospital at Mile End, “to uplift the morals and occupations of the young poor”.

By 1860, there were 100 boys and 40 girls at the Jews’ Hospital and larger premises were needed. In 1866, the new building in West Norwood was opened. This year, Norwood is celebrating its 225th birthday. The services Norwood provides might have changed over the years, but the message of being there to “uplift” the community has never changed.

The Jewish Orphanage in Norwood was demolished in 1963. A Blue Plaque at the site commemorates the building
JANUARY 2020 TEVET – SHEVAT
  • Mon
  • Tue
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  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 30
  • 31
  • Wednesday1
  • Thursday2
  • Friday3
    15:49
  • Saturday4
    16:59
  • Sunday5
  • Monday6
  • Tuesday7
    Fast of Tevet
  • Wednesday8
  • Thursday9
  • Friday10
    15:58
  • Saturday11
    17:07
  • Sunday12
  • Monday13
  • Tuesday14
  • Wednesday15
  • Thursday16
  • Friday17
    16:09
  • Saturday18
    17:17
  • Sunday19
  • Monday20
  • Tuesday21
  • Wednesday22
  • Thursday23
  • Friday24
    16:20
  • Saturday25
    17:28
  • Sunday26
  • Monday27
    Holocaust Day
  • Tuesday28
  • Wednesday29
  • Thursday30
  • Friday31
    16:33
  • 1
  • 2
 
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February
TU B’SHEVAT

WHAT IS IT?

  • The Jewish new year for trees
  • Tu B’Shevat acknowledges the revival of nature after winter

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We eat fruit
  • We plant seeds and trees indoors and outdoors
From tiny seeds: Laurie, right, and Honeyletter, celebrate nature
FEBRUARY 2020 SHEVAT – ADAR I
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  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • Saturday1
    17:39
  • Sunday2
  • Monday3
  • Tuesday4
  • Wednesday5
  • Thursday6
  • Friday7
    16:45
  • Saturday8
    17:51
  • Sunday9
  • Monday10
    Tu B’Shevat
  • Tuesday11
  • Wednesday12
  • Thursday13
  • Friday14
    16:58
  • Saturday15
    18:03
  • Sunday16
  • Monday17
  • Tuesday18
  • Wednesday19
  • Thursday20
  • Friday21
    17:11
  • Saturday22
    18:15
  • Sunday23
  • Monday24
  • Tueday25
  • Wednesday26
  • Thursday27
  • Friday28
    17:24
  • Saturday29
    18:26
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March
PURIM

WHAT IS IT?

  • Purim is a festival that celebrates Queen Esther and her Uncle Mordechai saving the Jewish people from a wicked plot

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We dress up in fancy dress
  • We wear our costumes to synagogue and Purim parties
  • We eat special foods, such as triangle-shaped pastries called hamentashen, which are filled with poppy seeds, chocolate or jam
  • We give food to friends and people in need
The Norwood Purim party in full swing
MARCH 2020 ADAR
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  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • Sunday1
  • Monday2
  • Tueday3
  • Wednesday4
  • Thursday5
  • Friday6
    17:35
  • Saturday7
    18:38
  • Sunday8
  • Monday9
    Fast of Esther Purim
  • Tuesday10
    Purim
  • Wednesday11
  • Thursday12
  • Friday13
    17:47
  • Saturday14
    18:50
  • Sunday15
  • Monday16
  • Tuesday17
  • Wednesday18
  • Thursday19
  • Friday20
    17:59
  • Saturday21
    19:02
  • Sunday22
  • Monday23
  • Tuesday24
  • Wednesday25
  • Thursday26
  • Friday27
    18:11
  • Saturday28
    19:14
  • Sunday29
  • Monday30
  • Tuesday31
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April
PASSOVER

WHAT IS IT?

  • A festival that lasts for eight days
  • Celebrates Moses leading the Jewish people out of Egypt, away from slavery and into freedom

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Clean our homes to remove any chametz (leaven)
  • On the first two days of Passover we have a special Seder meal with family and friends
  • Eat food that is unleavened, such as matzah
  • Read the story of the Exodus from Egypt
  • Value our freedom and pray that all people will be free one day
Why is this night different? Because Ravenswood is hosting a Seder for residents
APRIL 2020 ADAR – NISSAN
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 30
  • 31
  • Wednesday1
  • Thursday2
  • Friday3
    19:22
  • Saturday4
    20:27
  • Sunday5
  • Monday6
  • Tuesday7
  • Wednesday8
    Seder
    Evening of Passover
  • Thursday9
    Seder
    1st Day Passover
  • Friday10
    19:34
    2nd Day Passover
  • Saturday11
    20:40
    3rd Day Passover
  • Sunday12
    4th Day Passover
  • Monday13
    5th Day Passover
  • Tuesday14
    6th Day Passover
  • Wednesday15
    7th Day Passover
  • Thursday16
    8th Day Passover
  • Friday17
    19:46
  • Saturday18
    20:53
  • Sunday19
  • Monday20
    Holocaust Remembrance Day Evening
  • Tuesday21
    Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Wednesday22
  • Thursday23
  • Friday24
    19:58
  • Saturday25
    21:06
  • Sunday26
  • Monday27
    Israel Remembrance Day
  • Tuesday28
    Israel Independence Day
  • Wednesday29
  • Thursday30
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
 
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May
SHAVUOT

WHAT IS IT?

  • Shavuot is a festival to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments
  • It also marks the beginning of the harvest

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We celebrate and eat cheesecake and food made from dairy products
  • We decorate our home with flowers
Residents from Norwood’s London homes make cheesecake and flowers
MAY 2020 NISSAN – IYAR
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  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • Friday1
    20:09
  • Saturday2
    21:19
  • Sunday3
  • Monday4
  • Tuesday5
  • Wednesday6
  • Thursday7
  • Friday8
    20:21
  • Saturday9
    21:33
  • Sunday10
  • Monday11
    Lag B’Omer
  • Tuesday12
  • Wednesday13
  • Thursday14
  • Friday15
    20:32
  • Saturday16
    21:46
  • Sunday17
  • Monday18
  • Tuesday19
  • Wednesday20
  • Thursday21
    Jerusalem Day
  • Friday22
    20:42
  • Saturday23
    21:58
  • Sunday24
  • Monday25
  • Tuesday26
  • Wednesday27
  • Thursday28
    Evening of Shavuot
  • Friday29
    20:51
    Shavuot
  • Saturday30
    22:09
    Shavuot
  • Sunday31
 
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June
CHALLAH

WHAT IS IT?

  • Challah is a special bread we eat on Shabbat and Jewish festivals
  • Challah is plaited and made with eggs
  • The intertwined strands are said to symbolise love, peace and justice
  • Some festivals have their own unique variations on the traditional loaf
Miriam and Akiva take part in a Challah Bake at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre
JUNE 2020 IYAR – SIVAN
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • Monday1
  • Tuesday2
  • Wednesday3
  • Thursday4
  • Friday5
    20:58
  • Saturday6
    22:18
  • Sunday7
  • Monday8
  • Tuesday9
  • Wednesday10
  • Thursday11
  • Friday12
    21:04
  • Saturday13
    22:24
  • Sunday14
  • Monday15
  • Tuesday16
  • Wednesday17
  • Thursday18
  • Friday19
    21:07
  • Saturday20
    22:28
  • Sunday21
  • Monday22
  • Tuesday23
  • Wednesday24
  • Thursday25
  • Friday26
    21:08
  • Saturday27
    22:28
  • Sunday28
  • Monday29
  • Tuesday30
  • 1
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  • 3
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  • 5
 
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July
SHABBAT

WHAT IS IT?

  • Shabbat is the holiest day of the week
  • Shabbat is a day of rest and reflection because this is when G-d rested after creating the world

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We light candles, say kiddush prayers and eat challah bread
  • We eat a special Friday night dinner with our family and friends
Nicole and James, who live at Old Church Lane, get ready for Shabbat
JULY 2020 SIVAN – TAMMUZ
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 29
  • 30
  • Wednesday1
  • Thursday2
  • Friday3
    21:06
  • Saturday4
    22:24
  • Sunday5
  • Monday6
  • Tuesday7
  • Wednesday8
  • Thursday9
    Fast of Tammuz
  • Friday10
    21:02
  • Saturday11
    22:18
  • Sunday12
  • Monday13
  • Tuesday14
  • Wednesday15
  • Thursday16
  • Friday17
    20:55
  • Saturday18
    22:09
  • Sunday19
  • Monday20
  • Tuesday21
  • Wednesday22
  • Thursday23
  • Friday24
    20:47
  • Saturday25
    21:58
  • Sunday26
  • Monday27
  • Tuesday28
  • Wednesday29
  • Thursday30
  • Friday31
    20:36
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  • 2
 
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August
KABBALAT SHABBAT

WHAT IS IT?

  • Kabbalat Shabbat literally means ‘the reception of the Shabbat’
  • A Kabbalat Shabbat is about welcoming people in to the joy of observing the holiest day of the week

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • We do everything we would on Shabbat (see July), but we can hold a Kabbalat Shabbat at any time
Norwood staff and residents enjoy a Kabbalat Shabbat together
AUGUST 2020 TAMMUZ – AV
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  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • Saturday1
    21:45
  • Sunday2
  • Monday3
  • Tuesday4
  • Wednesday5
  • Thursday6
  • Friday7
    20:24
  • Saturday8
    21:31
  • Sunday9
  • Monday10
    Tisha B’Av evening
  • Tuesday11
    Tisha B’Av
  • Wednesday12
  • Thursday13
  • Friday14
    20:11
  • Saturday15
    21:16
  • Sunday16
  • Monday17
  • Tuesday18
  • Wednesday19
  • Thursday20
  • Friday21
    19:57
  • Saturday22
    21:00
  • Sunday23
  • Monday24
  • Tuesday25
  • Wednesday26
  • Thursday27
  • Friday28
    19:42
  • Saturday29
    20:43
  • Sunday30
  • Monday31
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  • 5
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September
ROSH HASHANAH

WHAT IS IT?

  • Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Eat sweet food such as apples and honey
  • Blow the shofar during synagogue services
The sweet team of Michael, left, and Roberto, make honey cake for Norwood every year
SEPTEMBER 2020 ELUL – TISHREI
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  • Wed
  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 31
  • Tuesday1
  • Wednesday2
  • Thursday3
  • Friday4
    19:26
  • Saturday5
    20:27
  • Sunday6
  • Monday7
  • Tuesday8
  • Wednesday9
  • Thursday10
  • Friday11
    19:10
  • Saturday12
    20:10
  • Sunday13
  • Monday14
  • Tuesday15
  • Wednesday16
  • Thursday17
  • Friday18
    18:54
    Eve of Rosh Hashanah
  • Saturday19
    19:53
    1st Day Rosh Hashanah
  • Sunday20
    2nd Day Rosh Hashanah
  • Monday21
    Fast of Gedaliah
  • Tuesday22
  • Wednesday23
  • Thursday24
  • Friday25
    18:38
  • Saturday26
    19:37
  • Sunday27
    18:33
    Eve of Yom Kippur
  • Monday28
    19:32
    Yom Kippur
  • Tuesday29
  • Wednesday30
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  • 4
 
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October
SUCCOT

WHAT IS IT?

Succot commemorates the years the Jewish people spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land.

WHAT DO WE DO?

To reflect on this time, we build shelters outside and decorate them. We invite family and friends round to spend time with us in the Succah.

Dov, centre, oversees the Norwood Succot celebrations
OCTOBER 2020 TISHREI – CHESHVAN
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  • Tue
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  • Thur
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • Thursday1
  • Friday2
    19:26
    Eve of Succot
  • Saturday3
    20:27
    1st Day Succot
  • Sunday4
    2nd Day Succot
  • Monday5
    3rd Day Succot
  • Tuesday6
    4th Day Succot
  • Wednesday7
    5th Day Succot
  • Thursday8
    6th Day Succot
  • Friday9
    19:10
    Shemini Atzeret
  • Saturday10
    20:10
    Eve of Simchat Torah
  • Sunday11
    Simchat Torah
  • Monday12
  • Tuesday13
  • Wednesday14
  • Thursday15
  • Friday16
    18:54
  • Saturday17
    19:53
  • Sunday18
  • Monday19
  • Tuesday20
  • Wednesday21
  • Thursday22
  • Friday23
    18:38
  • Saturday24
    19:37
  • Sunday25
  • Monday26
  • Tuesday27
  • Wednesday28
  • Thursday29
  • Friday30
    18:38
  • Saturday31
    17:24
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JEWISH FESTIVALS AND FASTS

Holiday Date
Rosh Hashanah Evening of 29 September – 1 October
Fast of Gedaliah 2 October
Yom Kippur Evening of 8 October – evening of 9 October
Succot Evening of 13 October – evening of 20 October
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Evening of 20 October – evening of 22 October
Chanukah Night of 22 December – sunset of 30 December
Fast of Tevet Evening of 7 January
Tu B’Shevat Evening of 9 February – evening of 10 February
Fast of Esther 9 March
Purim 9 March – 10 March
Passover Night of 8 April – night of 16 April
Holocaust Remembrance Day Evening of 20 April – evening of 21 April
Israel Remembrance Day Evening of 27 April – evening of 28 April
Israel Independence Day Evening of 28 April – evening of 29 April
Lag B’Omer Evening of 11 May – evening of 12 May
Jerusalem Day Evening of 21 May – evening of 22 May
Shavuot Evening of 28 May – evening of 30 May
Fast of Tammuz 9 July
Tisha B’Av Evening of 29 July – evening of 30 July
Rosh Hashanah Evening of 18 September – evening of 20 September
Fast of Gedaliah 21 September
Yom Kippur Evening of 27 May – 28 September
Succot Evening of 2 October – evening of 9 October
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Evening of 9 October – 11 October