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Holy Days & Festivals

As the prophets declared long ago, ritual and ceremony are not of the essence of religion. However, they are a means of making religious truth more vivid and inspiring to the worshipper. Following are brief descriptions of the major Jewish holidays celebrated at Emanu-El, their significance and some associated practices.


December 17, 2014 [5775]

While one of our most popular family celebrations today, Chanukah technically is considered a “minor” Jewish festival because of its lack of inclusion in the Torah, Prophets or Writings. This year, the festival continues through December 24, 2014. Read More »

NOTE: Except for that of Selichot, the dates listed below are for the first day of the holiday. All holidays begin the evening before.


Selichot   September 20, 2014
Rosh Hashanah   September 25, 2014
Yom Kippur   October 4, 2014
Sukkot   October 9, 2014
Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah   October 16, 2014
Chanukah   December 17, 2014
Purim   March 5, 2015
Passover   April 4, 2015
Conclusion of Passover   April 10, 2015
Shavuot   May 24, 2015

Listen to holiday services
by launching the audio player.

Services will be available on the Emanu-El website
generally within one hour of the end of the live service.

For information about High Holy Days seating, click here.

View a 5-year calendar for the holidays.

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