Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Friday Night Shabbat Traditions, Explained

Jun 09, 2022  |  By Abby S

  There are many rituals that help us bring in Shabbat on a Friday night: lighting candles, singing during Kabbalat Shabbat services, drinking wine and eating challah, and enjoying a festive meal with family and friends. Many of us are familiar with these traditions and incorporate them into our weekend. But where do these rituals come from? When did the Jewish people start lighting candles? Is challah mentioned in the […]


7 Shavuot Foods from Around the World

Jun 01, 2022  |  By Evelina G

Shavuot 2022 starts at sundown on Saturday, June 4. It is a widespread custom – and one of the defining features and many people’s favorite aspect of the holiday! – to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. For many Ashkenazi Jews, that means enjoying cheesecake, blintzes, and other sweet, creamy desserts. However, Jewish communities around the world have their own treasured Shavuot recipes that utilize local ingredients and reflect the beautiful […]


Everything You Need to Know to Celebrate Shavuot 2022

Jun 01, 2022  |  By Abby S

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that is observed on the 6th of the Hebrew month of Sivan, which often occurs in May or June. Shavuot 2022 begins at sundown on Saturday, June 4, and is observed for one day in Israel and for two days in traditional communities elsewhere. While the ancient festival has Biblical origins as a grain harvest holiday, and traditionally marks the conclusion of the Counting of […]


Celebrating Jerusalem Day

May 24, 2022  |  By Evelina G

Yom Yerushalayim 2022, also known as Jerusalem Day, will be celebrated in Israel from sundown on Saturday, May 28 to sundown on May 29.  Some Jewish communities outside of Israel celebrate Yom Yerushalayim as well, and it has become an occasion for Jews around the world to display their unity, Jewish pride, and love for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. Whether you grew up celebrating Jerusalem Day or are […]