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Purim is a joyous one-day holiday (begins the evening of Saturday, March 23, 2024) that celebrates Jewish survival. Customs include reading Megillat Esther, dressing up in costume, giving gifts of food, and giving to those in need.

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Passover, first seder

Passover, the Festival of Freedom, begins tonight with the first seder.  Grandparents and families can enjoy a fun-filled and easy-to-follow Passover Discovery Kit available to download from the Jewish Grandparents Network website. This interactive guide is designed especially for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 3–8) to...

Passover, first day

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), one of the most significant and widely celebrated holidays in the Jewish calendar, commemorates the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Traditionally, Passover is celebrated for eight days; liberal Jews celebrate for seven.

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Shavuot commemorates the Israelites receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after leaving Egypt. An ancient pilgrimage holiday, Shavuot is also a celebration of the spring harvest. Traditional communities celebrate Shavuot for two days; liberal communities for one day.

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Juneteenth National Independence Day

Juneteenth National Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the official ending of slavery in the United States in 1865.

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July 4

Independence Day (also called July 4) is a federal holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence and the establishment of the United States.