The Jewish Holiday Cycle
The flow of the Jewish year creates connection at Beth El. As the seasons change, each holiday brings new energy, new learning, and fresh opportunities to grow and rejoice together as a community.
The High Holy Days – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
From our celebration of a new year to introspection that enables us to hear that “still small voice,” we share the journey through the Days of Awe. We prepare with Selichot and end our fast together with a thunderous shofar blast at Neilah.
We celebrate the autumn harvest in our community sukkah where we pray, sing and feast in our temporary outdoor sanctuary. This fragile dwelling is erected by the Chai Guys, Beth El’s softball team, and decorated by our children.
How awesome to hear the chanting of the end of the Torah followed by its beginning. Then on to dance with our Torahs, and sing and feast.
We light up eight of the longest winter nights by kindling our outdoor Chanukiah. Our singing fills the air as we warm up with latkes and laughter.
Trees grace our world and provide delicious fruits, nuts and spices. Our Tu B’Shvat seder turns our thoughts to spring.
Through our community’s amazing talents, our Purim Spiel re-tells the story of Esther as we enjoy each other’s costumes. Then a morning pajama Megillah reading with coffee and hamantaschen. On the Sunday following Purim our Youth Group puts on a Purim Carnival for all ages. It is a time of merriment.
Special Pesach workshops and study sessions prepare us to leave Egypt and feel the first taste of freedom. There is room for everyone at our Seders – just ask!
Study and a communal meal highlight our Shavuot celebration followed by the traditional reading of the Ten Utterances in Beth El’s beautiful Garden of the Generations.