New Moon of the Aviv Sighted
"Observe the Month of the Aviv" Deuteronomy 16:1
The new moon of the Aviv was sighted from Israel on March 21, 2015. The new moon was first sighted from the Eilat Mountains in southern Israel by Nehemia Gordon at 5:53pm and by Tim Arndt at 6:01pm. The new moon was also sighted from Kiryat Ata in northern Israel by Yoel Halevi at 6:38pm and by Naomi Halevi, Yedidyah Halevi, and Aharon Halevi at 6:46pm. My thanks to the observers in Jerusalem (and other locations) who stood out in the cold, but were unable to sight the moon due to clouds.
The photo at the top of this message is of the new moon from the Eilat Mountains on March 21, 2015. More photos of the new moon are posted on my Facebook page at:
The new moon sighting from Israel on March 21, 2015 marks the beginning of the Hebrew year and confirms that 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.
Check out the report by Israeli Channel 1 News on the Aviv Search recorded back in 2011, but with some great information now translated into English for the first time:
Happy New Year!