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Jewish Holidays 2023-2024

Jewish Year 5784

We encourage our Duke colleagues and student groups of all identities and faith traditions to reference this resource when scheduling programs and events in order to avoid planning events on major Jewish holidays. Taking into account these dates helps create an inclusive climate for the Duke Jewish community. Questions? Contact us at jewishlife@duke.edu.

Holidays marked with ** (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Shemini Atzeret, Pesach and Shavuot) are days when traditionally work is forbidden and some students may not travel or write. 

Duke Colleagues: We ask that there be no university wide programming on the 1st night/day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the 1st night/day of Passover, as those are days observed by the vast majority of American Jews. 

Jewish Holidays 5784Dates in 2023-2024
Rosh Hashanah**
New Year
No university wide programming on the 1st night/day
Evening of September 15-17, 2023
Friday Night – Sunday
Yom Kippur**
Day of Atonement
Major Fast Day – full 25 hour fast
No university wide programming on the night/day
Evening of September 24-25, 2023
Sunday Night – Monday
Sukkot**
Festival of Tabernacles (Booths)
All meals are eaten in the Sukkah
Evening of September 29 - October 6, 2023
Friday Night – Next Friday
Shemini Atzeret**
8th Day Feast of Assembly (end of Sukkot)
Evening of October 6-7, 2023
Friday Night – Saturday
Simchat Torah**
Festival of Rejoicing with the Torah
Evening of October 7-8, 2023
Saturday Night – Sunday
Hanukkah

Festival of Lights (Rededication of the Temple)
Evening of December 7-15, 2023
Thursday Night – Next Friday (8 nights)
Tu BiShvat
New Year for the Trees
Evening of January 24-25, 2024
Wednesday Night – Thursday
Purim
Festival of Lots (the story of Esther)

A very joyous holiday
Evening of March 23-24, 2024
Saturday Night – Sunday
Pesach**
Passover, Feast of Freedom and Unleavened Bread

Significant food restrictions, no leavened products, seder meal on first night (and second for some)

No university wide programming on the 1st night/day
Evening of April 22-30, 2024
Monday Night – Next Tuesday
3 meals a day of Kosher for Passover food available at various campus locations + the Freeman Center
Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Evening of May 5-6, 2024
Sunday Night – Monday
Yom HaZikaron
Israel's Memorial Day
Evening of May 12-13, 2024
Sunday Night – Monday
Yom HaAtzmaut
Israel's Independence Day
Evening of May 13-14, 2024
Monday Night – Tuesday
Lag B'Omer
33rd day of the Omer
Archery, Bonfires and Barbecues
Evening of May 25-26, 2024
Saturday Night – Sunday
Shavuot**
Giving of the Torah/PentecostFestival of First Fruits/Weeks
Evening of June 11-13, 2024
Tuesday Night – Thursday
Tisha B'Av
Ninth of Av - Fast of the Destruction
Major Fast Day – full 25 hour fast
Evening of August 12-13, 2024
Monday Night – Tuesday

Please Note:  All Jewish holidays/observances begin in the evening at sundown and terminate an hour after sundown on their final day.

Feel free to reach out to Rabbi Elana Friedman (elana.friedman@duke.edu) with any questions.

Student blowing a shofar