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High Holidays


Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Rosh Hashana as a time for renewal and reflection. Prayers are offered. The Shofar (the ramís horn) is blown. Families and communities gather around the table. Region to region, family to family, there are a multitude of variations on the rituals and themes of the holiday. Read on...



Sukkot


Sukkot is a joyous festival. Coming in the middle of Tishrei (roughly corresponding to the end of September or beginning of October), it is marked by the building of temporary huts called Sukkot in the plural or Sukkah in the singular. Sukkot is also known as Hag HaAsif, the Holiday of the Harvest, marking the ancient agrarian roots of the holiday. In ancient Israel, people would come to Jerusalem to celebrate the bounty of the harvest at Sukkot. Read on...


Chanukah


Jews commemorate the miracle of Chanukah and the victory of the Maccabees over their Greek oppressors by singing songs, spinning dreidels, cooking foods in oil and lighting the Menorah. Join us as we celebrate the diversity of the Jewish people, remind ourselves of the preciousness of freedom, and honor the sacrifices of our ancestors. Read on...




Purim


The Purim holiday is a part of biblical history that dates back over 2,500 years ago and commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
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Passover


Passover is a time for remembering and sharing, ritual and recipes.  Join with Be’chol Lashon to learn more about this holiday, its themes, customs and foods from a global perspective.
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Shavuot


Shavuot is one of three ancient pilgrimage holidays which followed the rhythms of agrarian life. Today it is celebrated as a holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah at Sinai, the revelation that is at the center of Jewish religious life. In addition to celebrating the first harvests and the receiving of the Torah Shavuot is a time for joyously welcoming converts and fellow travelers into the Jewish community Read on...


Bar+Bat Mitzvah


With a Bar/Bat Mitzvah comes the responsibility and excitement of being recognized in your community. Young adults can start their adult life with Tzedakah, beginning a wonderful life-long commitment to Tikkun Olam and making the world a better place.
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