Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why we are keeping Shavuot on the 12th of June

Why we are doing Shavuot on the 12th of June for those who want to know......this year is a difficult one.....but we would rather be engaged in careful study and possibly be inaccurate than just keep something that is already calculated that we had no involvement in study in. smile emoticonWhenever anyone is trying to keep Torah, that is a great thing..we respect everyone's decision to keep Passover and FOUB this year, whenever they were convicted to keep it. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Revised Passover / FOUB schedule (due to new moon sighting 4/9

The schedule is now revised until and unless we receive word of a sighting of the moon on the night of the 8th in Israel. The Foot washing and memorial emblems will now be the night of April 22nd, The Passover will be observed on the night of Saturday, April 23rd. We will meet together for the First High Day, Sunday April 24th at 1:00pm and do the observance of the wave sheaf offering. We will meet on Sat. April 30th for the Last High Day of FOUB at 1:00pm

On Saturday April 9, 2016 the new moon was sighted from Israel

New Moon of the Aviv Sighted


On Saturday April 9, 2016 the new moon was sighted from Israel. The moon was sighted:
*from Jerusalem by Nehemia Gordon at 6:46pm and seconds later by Devorah Gordon
*from Kiryat Ata by Yoel Halevi at 7:50pm
*from Poriya Ilit by Rebecca Biderman at 7:11 pm
*from Kefar Eldad by Bruce Brill and Seth Kaufman at 7:40pm.
After a flurry of post-Shabbat phone calls, we have not found anyone who succeeded in sighting the new moon from Israel on Friday April 8, 2016. Unless we hear otherwise, the moon sighted from Israel on Saturday April 9, 2016 is Chodesh Ha-Aviv, the New Moon of the Aviv, the beginning of the First Hebrew Month. Based on the Saturday April 9 sighting from Israel, Passover (Chag HaMatzot) will begin at sunset on April 23, 2016 and Shavuot will begin at sunset on Saturday June 11, 2016. Should we receive information that changes this situation we will post it at:
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The photo of the new moon at the top of this message was taken by me from Jerusalem on April 9, 2016 at 7:16pm. More photos are posted on my Facebook page.

Nehemia Gordon
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Feast Calendar Schedule We Will Be Keeping 2016

We will begin by looking for the new moon on the night of April 8th.  If it is seen, then we will proceed to do the Foot washing and the taking of the Memorial Emblems on the night of April 21st.  We will observe Passover on the night of April 22nd.  We will meet together for the First High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread on Sabbath April 23rd at 1:00pm.  We will do a small observance of the Wave Sheaf/First Fruits on sunday April 24th at 1pm.  We will then meet again on Friday, April 29th to observe the Last High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread at 1:00pm.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


The Month of the Aviv!

The Month of the Aviv

Shalom Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected
Biblical Hebrew Calendar Fans!

Today, March 21, 2015, the new moon was sighted in Israel. That means that this evening at sunset is the beginning of the month of the Aviv and the Biblical New Year! Click here to see this month of the calendar online.

Rosh Chodesh Sameach!

Nehemia Gordon

Monday, March 16, 2015

Aviv Barley Found From Nehemiah

Aviv Barley Found

Hebrew year to begin with new moon on March 21, 2015

On March 15, 2015 we headed out for a preliminary Aviv Search. We ended up finding Aviv barley at five locations, three in the Northern Negev (Tel Gamah, Gamah Junction, Mishmar Ha-Negev) and two in the Jordan Valley (Tel Malkoach and Nachal Talkid). The barley at Mishmar Ha-Negev was 6-row domesticated Aviv barley. All the rest was 2-row wild Aviv barley. The photo at the top of this message is of 2-row wild Aviv barley at Gamah Junction in the Northern Negev. More photos of Aviv barley at the other four locations are posted at:
This means the next new moon expected (barring clouds) on March 21, 2015 will mark the beginning of the Hebrew year. Assuming the moon is sighted on March 21, the Feast of Unleavened Bread will run from sunset on April 4 until sunset April 11, 2015. Shavuot will fall out sunset May 23 until sunset May 24, 2015. 
Shanah Tovah!
Happy New Year!