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Holidays

Shabbat

Shabbat celebrates creation and offers a respite from the hectic pace of the rest of the week.

Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection, and t’shuvah.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with our fellow human beings, ourselves, and God.

 

Sukkot

“Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,” refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest

Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Is a fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah and affirm Torah as one of the pillars on which we build our lives.

Hanukkah

Is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, is a festive eight-day celebration that for many people falls during the darkest, coldest season of the year.

 

Tu BiShvat

In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu BiShvat that is similar to a Passover seder.

Purim

Purim is definitely full of fun! Purim is a joyous holiday that affirms and celebrates Jewish survival and continuity throughout history.

Passover

Is a major Jewish spring festival celebrating freedom and family as we remember the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

 

 

Yom HaShoah

Reminds us of the horrors that Jews and other persecuted groups faced: forced labor, starvation, humiliation, and torture, which often resulted in death.

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut

Yom HaZikaron is know as “Memorial Day” and Yom HaAtzmaut is know as “Independence Day”

Lag BaOme

This holiday gives us a break from the semi-mourning restrictions (no parties or events with music, no weddings, no haircuts) that are customarily in place for some Jewish communities during the Omer.

Shavuot

Celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and encourages us to embrace the Torah’s teachings and be inspired by the wisdom Jewish tradition has to offer.

Tishah B'Av

In modern times, many Jews understand Tishah B’Av as a day to remember many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history, and to reflect on the suffering that still occurs in our world.

Hebrew Calendar

Jewish holidays are celebrated according to dates on the Hebrew calendar. The Hebrew calendar, created in ancient times is based on lunar observations. Corresponding dates on the Gregorian calendar for this year may be found here.

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