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Jonina Duker: Understanding the Hebrew Calendar
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Registration is not Required
Zoom link will be sent one week in advance of the event.
Jonina Duker (Taibel bas Rachel Leah v'Shlomo Yehoshua) presented at many IAJGS and other conferences.
Her Judaic teaching includes basic Judaism, Hebrew calendar, history, literature, liturgy, and text-in-translation as well as genealogy.
She helped start an organization which reaches out to lost and dispersed Jewish communities and helped B’nai Anusim research their backgrounds.
She attended Yad Vashem's Judaic Educators seminar and volunteers for the Names Recovery Project. She wrote JewishGen infofiles,
founded its Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville Research Group, and co-ordinated the Minsk yizkor book translation. She has contributed to
Avotaynu and other publications. She is JGSGW’s first Life Member.
Understanding the Hebrew Calendar
Our Jewish ancestors’ families usually did know when they were born … in the Hebrew calendar. Just as one example, bar mitzvah dates weren’t scattershot in traditional communities. Researchers
need to understand the Hebrew calendar to comprehend Jewish culture, historical sources, vital records kept by Jews, and sometimes naming choices. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
famously wrote “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time… Jewish ritual … as architecture in time.....”
Holidays, life-cycle celebrations, and liturgy are based on the Hebrew calendar.
We will derive the basic structure of the Hebrew calendar; look at the astronomy involved; and how Jews have measured time throughout Jewish history. Come learn the basics of Hebrew days and Hebrew months; how to determine Hebrew birthdays and yahrzeit dates;
Hebrew dates on tombstones; and the holiday cycle.