Shmini Atzeret in United States
Quick FactsShemini 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.
|في يوم 8 من الجمعية||Arabic|
|총회 8 일||Korean|
Alternative nameShemini Atzeret
Shmini Atzeret 2014Thursday, October 16, 2014
Shmini Atzeret 2015Monday, 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 the United States 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.
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.
Simchat Torah is a joyous event. Central rituals for Simchat Torah include reading the Torah by concluding the Book of Deuteronomy and beginning the Book of Genesis. Other activities include performing the hakafot (dancing with the Torah) around the synagogue bimah (elevated area or platform in a Jewish synagogue). Synagogues in cities such as Philadelphia have, in the past, held song and dance events to mark Simchat Torah.
Many Jewish communities in the United States observe Shemini Atzeret on one day and Simchat Torah on the following day. These days are not nationwide public holidays in the USA but some Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur on this day.
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 countriesRead more about Shmini Atzeret.
Shmini Atzeret ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Thu||Oct 11||1990||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Sep 30||1991||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 19||1992||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 7||1993||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Sep 27||1994||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 16||1995||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 5||1996||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 23||1997||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 12||1998||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 2||1999||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 21||2000||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Oct 9||2001||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Sep 28||2002||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 18||2003||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 7||2004||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Oct 25||2005||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 14||2006||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 4||2007||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Oct 21||2008||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 10||2009||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Sep 30||2010||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 20||2011||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 8||2012||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Sep 26||2013||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 16||2014||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 5||2015||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 24||2016||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 12||2017||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 1||2018||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 21||2019||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 10||2020||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
Other holidays in October 2014 in United States
- International Day of Older Persons ―Wednesday, October 1, 2014
- International Day of Non-Violence ―Thursday, October 2, 2014
- Feast of St Francis of Assisi ―Saturday, October 4, 2014
- Yom Kippur ―Saturday, October 4, 2014
- Eid al-Adha ―Sunday, October 5, 2014
- World Teachers' Day ―Sunday, October 5, 2014
- World Habitat Day ―Monday, October 6, 2014
- Child Health Day ―Monday, October 6, 2014
- International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction ―Wednesday, October 8, 2014
- First Day of Sukkot ―Thursday, October 9, 2014
- World Post Day ―Thursday, October 9, 2014
- World Sight Day ―Thursday, October 9, 2014
- Leif Erikson Day ―Thursday, October 9, 2014
- World Mental Health Day ―Friday, October 10, 2014
- International Day of the Girl Child ―Saturday, October 11, 2014
- Columbus Day ―Monday, October 13, 2014
- Native Americans' Day ―Monday, October 13, 2014
- Indigenous People's Day ―Monday, October 13, 2014
- Last Day of Sukkot ―Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- International Day of Rural Women ―Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- White Cane Safety Day ―Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- World Food Day ―Thursday, October 16, 2014
- Boss's Day ―Thursday, October 16, 2014
- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty ―Friday, October 17, 2014
- Alaska Day ―Friday, October 17, 2014
- Alaska Day ―Saturday, October 18, 2014
- Diwali/Deepavali ―Thursday, October 23, 2014
- World Development Information Day ―Friday, October 24, 2014
- United Nations Day ―Friday, October 24, 2014
- Muharram ―Saturday, October 25, 2014
- World Day for Audiovisual Heritage ―Monday, October 27, 2014
- World Stroke Day ―Wednesday, October 29, 2014
- Halloween ―Friday, October 31, 2014
- Nevada Day ―Friday, October 31, 2014
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