The last two days of Sukkot are actually individul holidays–Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah–and are two of the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar. They are considered major Yom Tovs (holidays), and the same laws as Shabbos apply (except for cooking from a pre-existing flame and carrying). Shemini Atzeret offers the prayer for rainContinue reading “COME DANCE WITH US”

TIME FOR SUKKOT The holiday of Sukkot literally translates to the “Festival of Booths.” It commemorates G-d’s protection as the Jews wandered the dessert for 40 years after leaving Egypt. For a week, Jews are supposed to dwell in Sukkahs (huts), eat their meals there and actually even sleep there. The first two days andContinue reading


The High Holy Days are once again upon us. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins a ten day period of personal introspection–culminating in Yom Kippur– and a longing to be better Jews (and people) than we were the year before. Hashem, the Almighty, opens the “Book of Life” and decides our fate. The ShofarContinue reading “SOUNDING OF THE SHOFAR”


Sundown, March 16, marks the beginning of one of the most joyous yom tovs (holidays) on the Jewish calendar. Purim commemorates the miraculous story of Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordechai, and their triumph in saving the Jewish people from extinction at the hands of the evil Haman. During the day, leading up to theContinue reading “PURIM JOY”


Beginning Monday evening, September 20, Jews usher in the holiday of Sukkot (Festival of Booths). It marks a most joyous time of year, culminating in the holiday of Simchat Torah (September 29). Sukkot celebrates the 40 years of Jews wandering in the desert, and being protected by G-d, dwelling in tents during the Exodus. We’reContinue reading “THE JOY OF SUKKOT”


As the Day of Atonement looms, we invite you to join us for free services. On the most important day on the Jewish calendar, it is customary to spend the day in synagogue; to hear “Kol Nidre” at night, then pray for forgiveness during the day. Please keep in mind the five restrictions called forContinue reading “YOM KIPPUR SERVICES”


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