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: http://www.facebook.com/NehemiaGordon