Holiday Worship

Celebrating the Holidays: The Sacred Flow of Jewish Time

The Jewish year begins with the Days of Awe (yamim noraim). We celebrate the creation of the world on Rosh Hashanah, and ten days later, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).  We not only have services that speak to adults on their level, but also services aimed at toddlers, school age children, and teenagers.

On each of the three pilgrimage festivals (chagim) — Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot — services are held at 9:00am on both the first and concluding days. Yizkor (memorial prayers) are included on the last day of Sukkot (Sh’mini Atzeret-Simchat Torah) and Pesach.

We believe in the full emotional range of Jewish observance! We celebrate Purim and Simchat Torah with a strong emphasis on family involvement and joy — even frivolity!

Selichot

Selichot is September 21, 2019 (21 Elul, 5779)

Prayers for forgiveness, or Selichot, are recited in preparation for the coming new year.  We gather together for services and study on Saturday evening, September 1 beginning at 7:00pm

7:00pm We will be hosting a staged reading of Merle Felds play, “THE GATES ARE CLOSING.”
9:00pm Refreshments and Social Time, followed by Havdalah (Observance for the end of Shabbat)
9:30pm Selichot service

Next year Selichot is September 12, 2020 (23 Elul, 5780)

Sukkot & Simchat Torah

Sukkot: October 13-October 20, 2019 (15 Tishrei–22 Tishrei, 5780)

Sukkot Dinner:  Sunday, October 13, 6:00pm- Reservations Required

Reform Sukkot Service: Sunday, October 13, 7:00pm.

Conservative Sukkot Service: Monday, October 14, 9:00am

Beginning five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot is named after the booths or huts (sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration.  According to rabbinic tradition, these flimsy sukkot represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their forty years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. The festival of Sukkot is one of the three great pilgrimage festivals (chaggim or regalim) of the Jewish year.  For more information, see Sukkot 101 (courtesy of MyJewishLearning.com).

Simchat Torah: October 21-October 22, 2019 (23 Tishrei-24 Tishrei, 5780)

Reform Simchat Torah Service: Sunday, October 20, 7:00pm

Special pizza dinner at 6:00pm.  Reservations required: bit.ly/TBA-STDinner

Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of one and the beginning of another annual cycle of readings from the Torah.  It is celebrated at Temple Beth Abraham by unrolling the Torah scroll and wrapping it around all the children in the synagogue

This year, at Simchat Torah, Temple Beth Abraham will hold Consecration, where we invite our new Religious School students to be recognized with a special blessing on the bimah.

Conservative Services for Shemini Atzeret (the conclusion of Sukkot) and Simchat Torah with Yizkor will be October 21, 2019 at 9:00am

Rabbi at Simchat Torah

Chanukah

Chanukah is December 22-30, 2019 (25 Kislev, 5780-3 Tevet, 5780)

Enjoying Latkes at Chanukah

Bring your Chanukiah and candles for the seventh night of Chanukah

Chanukah Dinner (with Latkes!): Friday, December 27, 6:00pm – Reservations Required

Shabbat Service: Friday, December 27, 7:30pm

Tu B'Shevat

Tu B’Shevat is February 9-10, 2020 (15 Shevat, 5780)

Tu B’Shevat or the “New Year of the Trees” is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  Today, many Jews hold a seder where Israeli fruits,  nuts, and seeds are exhibited and eaten.  The holiday also has become a tree-planting festival in Israel, in which Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends. You can do so here:

Jewish National Fund Tree Planting Center

Purim



Purim: March 9-10, 2020 (14 Adar, 5780)

Purim Dinner: Monday, March 9, 6:00pm – Reservations Required

Purim Service and Shpiel: Monday, March 9, 7:00pm

Scenes from 2019’s Shpiel:

Passover

Passover will be April 8 through April 16, 2020 (15 Nissan-23 Nissan, 5780)

The first two days of Passover (from sundown of the first date listed, until nightfall two days later) are full-fledged, no-work-allowed holiday days. The subsequent four days are Chol Hamoed, when work is allowed, albeit with restrictions. Chol Hamoed is followed by another two full holiday days.

Passover is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning “order”) and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning “telling,” which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder.

If you are looking for a seder to attend, please contact Rabbi David Holtz or Cantor Margot Goldberg and we will find a place for you as a guest at a congregant’s home.

Conservative Services for Passover VIII (the conclusion of Passover) with Yizkor will be April 16, 2020 at 9:00am

Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah Commemoration-Holocaust Remembrance Day
Monday, April 20, 2020 (27 Nisan, 5780) at 7:30pm

We gather as a congregation to hear words of witness and memory

The service will include a memorial candle lighting. All are urged to attend and this service is appropriate for children aged 8 and up.

Yom HaAtzmaut

Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day

Tuesday, April 28, 2012 (5 Iyyar, 5780)

This day was created in memory of those who lost their lives creating and defending the State of Israel (Israel’s Memorial Day – יום הזכרון)

Shavuot

Shavuot is May 28-30, 2020 (7-8 Sivan, 5780)

Shavuot is the festival that marks the giving of the Torah

During this service, we will celebrate the
CONFIRMATION CLASS
and also hold a culmination of
EVERY1COUNTS, our COUNTING THE OMER program

Thursday, May 28
6:00pm Erev Shavuot Dinner (reservations required)
7:00pm Erev Shavuot services
9:30pm Oneg

Friday, May 29 9:00am:

Shavuot Morning Service in the Conservative tradition, including Yizkor