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Shmini Atzeret in Canada

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 Torah - Sacred Scripture of Judaism.
The Torah - Sacred Scripture of Judaism.
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. 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

Read more about Shmini Atzeret.

Shmini Atzeret Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
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 

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.

Shmini Atzeret 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shmini Atzeret 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Shmini AtzeretEnglish
Chemini AtseretFrench
Schmini AzeretGerman
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

List of dates for other years

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