Shavuot Shavuot is a memorable holiday at Temple Emanuel. We celebrate with Confirmation, when our 10th grade students reaffirm their Jewish identity and commitment to Torah and a Jewish life. It is one of the most beloved services at Temple Emanuel. Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is the second of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Passover and Sukkot).
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Rosh Hashanah Every year Temple Emanuel comes together to worship for the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We usher in the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with a meaningful service in the evening (Erev Rosh Hashanah). On Rosh Hashanah morning Temple Emanuel offers, in addition to the regular service, junior congregation for children as well as a family service.
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At Temple Emanuel, Yom Kippur begins in the evening with the haunting melody of "Kol Nidre" ("All Vows"), played on the cello. This somber holy day continues with services throughout the following day. We offer an engaging family service for Yom Kippur, and conclude with a family friendly havdalah ceremony. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day.
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Sukkot Sukkot marks a time of community and festivity at Temple Emanuel. There are plenty of Sukkot related activities: a family sukkah hop, sukkah decorating, Pizza in the Hut, and more! Please join us for these wonderful celebrations. The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous.
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Simchat Torah At Temple Emanuel, Simchat Torah is a time of musical celebration. We dance down the aisles with our Torah scrolls to the uplifting melodies of a klezmer band. Simchat Torah is a Hebrew term which means "rejoicing with/of the Torah". The annual cycle of reading the Torah is completed and begun anew, with the last section of Deuteronomy and the first section of Genesis read in succession after a festival parade of the Torah scrolls amidst singing, dancing and (typically) a moderate consumption of alcohol. It is one of the happiest days in the Jewish calendar.
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Tu B'Shevat Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. The word "Tu" is not really a word; it is the number 15 in Hebrew, as if you were to call the Fourth of July "IV July" (IV being 4 in Roman numerals). As mentioned in Rosh Hashanah, Judaism has several different "new years." This is not as strange a concept as it sounds at first blush; in America, we have the calendar year (January-December), the school year (September-June), and many businesses have fiscal years.
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