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Jewish Holiday Information for Students and Faculty

University of South Carolina attendance policy regarding absences for religious observance suggests that students “meet with the instructor early in the semester to discuss the consequences of potential excessive absences due to … observances of major religious holidays according to the interfaith calendar.”  It is further suggested that “faculty give due consideration to absences relating to … religious holy day[s].”

If you are a student whose Jewish holiday observance falls on a class day, you should consult with your instructor early in the semester to advise him/her regarding your plans to be absent for the holidays that you plan to observe. If you need further assistance in gaining accommodation, you should next consult with your academic advisor (undergraduate or graduate).  You should not expect full accommodation if you do not inform your instructor until the week of the observance, or if you miss a class without first explaining the reasons for your absence.

If you are an instructor needing to observe a Jewish holiday on one of your assigned teaching days, you should first discuss the matter with your department chair. Possible accommodations (depending upon the type of course) may include (but are not limited to): arranging for a colleague in your department to cover your classes, preparing a graduate assistant to provide instruction in your absence, planning an internet-based assignment to be done during the class time, or rescheduling a class meeting (provided all those enrolled in the class can be accommodated).  If you need further assistance in making such arrangements or in explaining your circumstances, you might next consult with the office of your College or School Dean.

Instructors and students with questions about such accommodations, or who wish advice concerning accommodation for Jewish religious observance, are welcome to contact the director of Jewish Studies.

Calendar of Major Jewish Holidays: School Years 2010-2015

•The Jewish calendar is lunar and has 354 or 355 days, divided into 12 months. In a leap year, a 13th month is added. This accounts for why Holidays have different dates in different years.

•The Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday. Similarly, all Jewish Holidays begin at sundown on the day prior to the date listed on the calendar. That is to say that holidays begin the evening before the day noted. For example, if Yom Kippur occurs on a Monday, then the holiday begins at sundown on the previous day, Sunday (n.b. this may be relevant for evening classes).

•Holidays marked with an asterisk are observed for one day only [i.e. the first of the two days] by Reform and Reconstructionist Jews.

•Holidays noted in bold are holy days on which no work is permitted and absences from school or work should be excused.

School Year 2015-2016

Rosh Hashanah .................... Mon & Tue, Sep 14-15, 2015
Yom Kippur ............................................ Wed, Sep 23, 2015
Succot ................................... Mon & Tue, Sep 28-29, 2015
Sh'mini Atzeret ............................................. Mon, Oct 5, 2015
Simchat Torah ......................................... Tue, Oct 6, 2015
Hanukkah ................................................ Mon, Dec 7, 2015
Purim .......................................................Thu, Mar 24, 2016
Passover (start) ................. Sat & Sun, Apr 23-24, 2016
Passover (end) ................ Fri & Sat, Apr 29-30, 2016
Yom Hashoah..........................................Thu, May 5, 2016
Yom Haatzmaut ...................................... Thu, May 12, 2016
Lag B'Omer ............................................. Thu, May 26, 2016
Shavuot ................................ Sun & Mon, Jun 12-13, 2016
Tisha B'Av .............................................. Sat, Aug 13, 2011

School Year 2016-2017

Rosh Hashanah .................. Mon & Tue, Oct 3-4, 2016
Yom Kippur .......................................... Wed, Oct 12, 2016
Succot ..................................... Mon & Tue, Oct 17-18, 2016
Sh'mini Atzeret .......................................Mon, Oct 24, 2016
Simchat Torah ....................................... Tue, Oct 25, 2016
Hanukkah ................................................ Sun, Dec 25, 2016
Purim ...................................................... Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Passover (start) ............... Tue & Wed, Apr 11-12, 2017
Passover (end) .................. Mon & Tue, Apr 17-18, 2017
Yom Hashoah.......................................... Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Yom Haatzmaut ..................................... Tue, May 2, 2017
Lag B'Omer ..............................................Mon, May 14, 2017
Shavuot  ............................ Wed & Thu, May 31-Jun 1, 2017
Tisha B'Av ................................................ Tue, Aug 1, 2017

School year 2017-2018

Rosh Hashanah ................... Thu & Fri, Sep 21-22, 2017
Yom Kippur ........................................... Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Succot* ..................................... Thu & Fri, Oct 5-6, 2017
Sh'mini Atzeret ......................................Thu, Oct 12, 2017
Simchat Torah ........................................ Fri, Oct 13, 2017
Hanukkah ............................................. Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Purim ....................................................... Thu, Mar 1, 2018
Passover (start) ............. Sat & Sun, Mar 31-Apr 1, 2018
Passover (end) ........................ Fri & Sat, Apr 6-7, 2018
Yom Hashoah..........................................Thu, Apr 12, 2018
Yom Haatzmaut ....................................... Thu Apr 19, 2018
Lag B'Omer ............................................. Thu, May 3, 2018
Shavuot ........................... Sun & Mon, May 20-21, 2018
Tisha B'Av ................................................ Sat, Jul 21, 2018

School year 2018-2019

Rosh Hashanah ................ Mon & Tue, Sep 10-11, 2018
Yom Kippur ........................................... Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Succot* ............................... Mon & Tue, Sep 24-25, 2018
Sh'mini Atzeret ......................................Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Simchat Torah ........................................ Tue, Oct 2, 2018
Hanukkah ............................................... Mon, Dec 3, 2018
Purim ...................................................... Thu, Mar 21, 2019
Passover (start) .................. Sat & Sun, Apr 20-21, 2019
Passover (end) ..................... Fri & Sat, Apr 26-37, 2019
Yom Hashoah......................................... Thu, May 2, 2019
Yom Haatzmaut ....................................... Fri, May 10, 2019
Lag B'Omer ........................................... Thu, May 23, 2019
Shavuot .............................. Sun & Mon, Jun 9-10, 2019

For more information access the Jewish Holidays page of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.