Other Holidays


Sukkot

A few days prior to Sukkot, members of the congregation come together to build a Sukkah at the Temple. It is a wonderful time to be with friends, meet new people and to perform the mitzvah of building the Sukkah. Our religious school students make and hang their own decorations for the Sukkah. We gather in the Sukkah at the conclusion of Sukkot services to wave the lulav and etrog together.

We conclude Sukkot with a festival morning service on Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Sukkot and then we turn to the commemoration of Simchat Torah.

 

Simchat Torah

A truly uplifting and happy celebration. As we mark the conclusion and the immediate resumption of the yearly reading of the Torah, we consecrate our new religious school students and invite our new members to march around the sanctuary with the Torah scrolls as a klezmer band plays upbeat music. We unroll one scroll in its entirety and read the last verses of Deuteronomy and the first words of Genesis. It is a powerful, moving and just plain fun service.

 

Chanukah

 As the dark of winter descends, we celebrate Chanukah with a Chanukah family service. We invite everyone to bring their own menorah from home and to light it at the beginning of the service. All the lit menorahs make for a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere as we sing Chaukah songs and prayers and conclude with a delicious Oneg Shabbat.

 

Purim

 The fun continues a few months later with Purim. On the Friday before Purim, we have a Megillah reading at the Shabbat evening service, featuring several members of the Temple reading the story with great enthusiasm.  On the Sunday closest to Purim, we begin the day with a short child-friendly Megillah reading and costume parade, followed by a great Purim Carnival, featuring delicious food and fun games.

 

Passover

Our Congregational Passover Seder, held on the second night of Passover, is always well attended. We use a family friendly Haggadah that participants are asked to share in the reading of and enjoy a delicious Passover meal. People of all ages have a great time.