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Celebrate with us! The Jewish holidays and festivals are filled with warm and wonderful experiences shared with your Temple Beth-El family.
We hope you will join us.

High Holidays

When the High Holidays arrive, our Temple family joins together for a special time of the year. As family and friends gather together as one, we reflect on the past year and passionately hope about the year to come.

Learn more about the High Holidays:

Please feel free to read the sermons given at last year’s High Holiday services.

Temple Beth-El will be using new prayer books for this year’s High Holidays (2017).  Click here for the new order form. Orders must be received by August 23 to pick up your book in time for the Holidays. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at Temple Beth-El when you pick up your tickets. Loaner books will NOT be available.

Shavuot

On Shavuot we celebrate our covenantal relationship with God and reaffirm our commitment to a Jewish life of study and practice. A special daytime festival service is held in our beautiful chapel  where we read the Ten Commandments and renew our commitment to be a covenant people. The festival Hallel is recited and Yizkor is also observed. Our tenth grade students celebrate confirmation as they confirm their commitment to Judaism and to Jewish life.

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Day)

This is a day of mourning for the victims of the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism and Nazism did not die with the end of World War II. We remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the Shoah, by attending special memorial services. We also remember the righteous non-Jews who gave their lives in attempts to save members of the Jewish people. Yom HaShoah is a constant reminder of the potential for evil which lies below the veneer of civilization. The seeds of the Holocaust must not be allowed to find fertile soil again.

Pesach

Pesach (Passover) lasts for seven days and commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. The highlight of Pesach observance is the Seder. We ask our members to open their homes to others who need a place to participate in a seder. A festival service in our chapel is held on the first and last day of Pesach. The service is distinguished by the beautiful music of the Hallel (psalms of joy and gladness), and special Torah reading. A daytime festival service is held on the 1st day of Passover and last day of Pesach with a Yizkor service and a light lunch.

Chanukah

Chanukah reminds us of the age-old struggle of the Jewish people to remain Jewish in a non-Jewish world. The nightly kindling of the hanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) has become a symbol for both our physical and spiritual resistance to tyranny and assimilation. We celebrate together on Shabbat during the eight days of Chanukah with services, singing, and a special dinner.

Simchat Torah

This holiday is a joyful affirmation of the mitzvah of Torah study. During the Simchat Torah service, we read the last Torah portion, then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends. We celebrate with processions (Hakafot) around the sanctuary carrying the Torah scrolls and dancing to the music. A daytime service for Simchat Torah & Yizkor with a Light Lunch is held the following day.

Our school children in kindergarten through third grade celebrate consecration on erev Simchat Tora emphasizing the importance and joy of Talmud Torah (studying the Torah). Children are presented with miniature Torah scrolls, and receive a special blessing by their parents and the Rabbi.

Purim

The raucous celebration of Purim is fun for children and adults. We celebrate the victory of Esther and Mordechai through songs, spiels and the reading of the Megilah. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, shake their gragers and share hamantaschen. Children also attend a carnival on the Sunday nearest the holiday. The Purim Spiel is always an original production written by one of our talented congregants.

Sukkot

Sukkot is designated as “the season of our rejoicing”. Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period when the children of Israel wandered in the desert, living in temporary shelters. We perform the mitzvah of decorating the Sukkah (booth) in meditation garden. At the Erev Sukkot service each family brings a “gaily decorated basket of fresh fruit” to be shared with those who are less fortunate. A daytime festival service for Sukkot with a light lunch is held the following day.

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