HIGH HOLY DAYS 5782/2021
JEWISH NEW YEAR | SEPTEMBER 6-8
DAY OF FASTING | SEPTEMBER 16
Shabbat / Sabbath
The most important of Jewish holidays, Shabbat is a day of rest that begins on sundown Friday and ends on sundown Saturday. Shabbat is welcomed by the lighting of the candles, reciting special prayers over the wine and the bread (challah), and praying blessings over one another. We encourage families to celebrate this special weekly holiday to get closer to God and each other.
Purim / Feast of Lots
Though not considered a biblical feast, the Jewish People celebrate it to commemorate God’s deliverance of their ancestors from being destroyed by Haman as noted in the book of Esther. Many Christians join in the celebration.
2021: February 27
Pesach / Passover / First Fruits
Commemorates Israel’s miraculous exodus from Egypt by the hand of God. Christians believe it was fulfilled by Jesus becoming our Passover Lamb. Messianic Jews and Christians celebrate Passover to also remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, His resurrection, and our deliverance from the slavery of sin.
Yom HaBikkurim / First Fruits
Commemorates the first harvest of the season (Barley Harvest). Christians believe it was fulfilled by Jesus’ resurrection as the first fruits from the dead.
2021: March 27 – April 4
We will celebrate Passover Seder on Saturday, March 27
Shavuot / Pentecost
Commemorates the giving of Torah (first five books of the Bible) to Moses at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Israelites left Egypt. Christians believe it was fulfilled in the New Testament by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts Chapter 2.
2021: May 16-18
We will celebrate May 15
Rosh Hashanah / Jewish New Year
Also known as Yom Teruah / Feast of Trumpets, is commemorated by blowing the shofar, which later became the Jewish New Year. Some believe that Yeshua (Jesus) will return on or around this day.
2021: September 6-8
We will celebrate September 4
Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement
Considered the Holiest Day in the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur is a day of fasting and the one time per year when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the sins of Israel. Jesus fulfilled this by giving His own blood for the forgiveness of sin of all mankind. We encourage everyone to dedicate this day to fasting and seeking the Lord.
2021: September 15-16
We will break the fast together on September 16 at 7 pm
See the Events page for details.
Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles
Also known as Feast of Booths, commemorates Israel’s 40 years of wandering in the desert. Christians believe it will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to Earth. Prophetically it points to the Millennium reign.
2021: September 20-27
We will celebrate September 25
Hanukkah & Church Anniversary
Chanukah or Hanukah (Festival of Lights or Dedication) is an 8-day festival celebrated with the lighting of the menorah commemorating the rededication of the Temple after the Jews won the victory over the Greeks in the Maccabean Revolt.
2021: November 28-December 6
We will celebrate December 4