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Shmini Atzeret in Canada

Quick Facts

Shemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God, while Simchat Torah (Simchas Torah or Simhat Torah) marks the end of Sukkot and celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.

Local names

NameLanguage
Shmini AtzeretEnglish
Chemini AtseretFrench
Schmini AzeretGerman

Shmini Atzeret 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shmini Atzeret 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
List of dates for other years

Many Jewish communities in Canada celebrate Shemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) and Simchat Torah. Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God. Simchat Torah marks the end of the Sukkot (or Sukkoth) festival.

the book of tora

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah activities include Torah readings.

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What do people do?

Shemini Atzeret is the holiday that follows immediately after the seventh day of Sukkot, known as Hoshana Rabbah. Shemini Atzeret is a time when prayers or celebrations for rain and a good harvest are made for the coming year in the Jewish calendar.

Public life

Many Jewish communities in Canada observe Shemini Atzeret on one day and Simchat Torah on the following day. These days are not nationwide public holidays in Canada but some Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur on this day. Election dates in some parts of Canada, such as Ontario, have been moved in previous years to avoid clashing with religious or culturally significant holidays, such as Shemini Atzeret. 

Background

The name "Shmini Atzeret" refers to the eighth day, or the extra day, that brings the seven-day Sukkot period to its state of perfection. Rabbinic tradition teaches that Shemini Atzeret is the day when the world is judged for water, or rainfall, in the upcoming year. It is an important day for agricultural purposes.

Simchat Torah is generally celebrated on the same day as Shemini Atzeret in Israel and among Reform Jewish groups. These two occasions are also observed as two separate days among many Jewish communities outside of Israel.

About Shmini Atzeret in other countries

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Shmini Atzeret Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuOct 111990Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonSep 301991Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 191992Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 71993Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
TueSep 271994Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 161995Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 51996Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 231997Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 121998Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 21999Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 212000Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
TueOct 92001Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatSep 282002Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 182003Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 72004Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
TueOct 252005Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 142006Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 42007Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
TueOct 212008Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 102009Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuSep 302010Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 202011Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 82012Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuSep 262013Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 162014Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 52015Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 242016Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
ThuOct 122017Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 12018Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
MonOct 212019Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 
SatOct 102020Shmini AtzeretJewish holiday 

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