The Jewish Year at Temple Beth El

At Temple Beth El, we celebrate in times of happiness and to ponder the deeper meanings of history – the Jewish year provides an opportunity for both. Our High Holyday services are enhanced by a choir that uplifts us with lofty melodies that convey the hopes and yearnings of a more serious time of the year.  We gather at a nearby duck pond to toss our sins into the water with Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah.  We offer special High Holiday services for school age children and for little ones so that they can build a foundation for an adult understanding.  At Beth El, we are much more than twice a year Jews.  From Sukkot supper under the sukkah in the courtyard, to our 101 Menorahs celebration on the Friday night during Chanukah, we make Judaism memorable.  Purim brings an annual Purim spiel (musical show) in addition to a lively Megillah reading and many come in costumes.  Family activities such as the Purim Carnival, a Chanukah party with an entertaining performance, and Consecration of our new students also enrich our year.  We commemorate the Holocaust at Yom Hashoah and Kristallnacht with rituals and with a speaker to awaken our conscience.  At Shavuot our Confirmation students affirm their Judaism and serve as our teachers.

Jewish calendar – important dates      



2017-2018 2018-2019
Selichot September 16 September 1
Erev Rosh Hashanah September 20 September 9
Rosh Hashanah (1st Day) September 21 September 10
Rosh Hashanah (2nd Day) September 22 September 11
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) September 29 September 18
Yom Kippur * September 30 September 19
Erev Sukkot October 4 September 23
Sukkot            October 5 September 24
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah October 11 September 30
Simchat Torah* October 12 October 1
Chanukah (1st Candle) December 12 December 2
Tu B’Shevat January 31 January 21
Purim Megillah Reading February 28 March 20
Purim March 1 March 21
Erev Passover (1st Seder) March 30 April 19
Passover (7th Day) * April 6 April 26
Yom Hashoah            April 12 April 2
Yom Ha’Atzmaut April 19 April 9
Erev Shavuot* May 19 June 8
Shavuot May 20 June 9
Erev Tisha B’Av July 21 August 10
Tisha B’Av July 22 August 11
* Yizkor Service