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      



SelichotSeptember 16September 1
Erev Rosh HashanahSeptember 20September 9
Rosh Hashanah (1st Day)September 21September 10
Rosh Hashanah (2nd Day)September 22September 11
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)September 29September 18
Yom Kippur *September 30September 19
Erev SukkotOctober 4September 23
Sukkot            October 5September 24
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat TorahOctober 11September 30
Simchat Torah*October 12October 1
Chanukah (1st Candle)December 12December 2
Tu B’ShevatJanuary 31January 21
Purim Megillah ReadingFebruary 28March 20
PurimMarch 1March 21
Erev Passover (1st Seder)March 30April 19
Passover (7th Day) *April 6April 26
Yom Hashoah            April 12April 2
Yom Ha’AtzmautApril 19April 9
Erev Shavuot*May 19June 8
ShavuotMay 20June 9
Erev Tisha B’AvJuly 21August 10
Tisha B’AvJuly 22August 11
* Yizkor Service