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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.

Conclusion of Passover
April 21, 2014 [5774]

The Conclusion of Passover is one of the four times of year when our community mourns together through the recitation of the memorial prayers. 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   August 31, 2013
Rosh Hashanah   September 5, 2013
Yom Kippur   September 14, 2013
Sukkot   September 19, 2013
Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah   September 26, 2013
Chanukah   November 28, 2013
Purim   March 16, 2014
Passover   April 15, 2014
Conclusion of Passover   April 21, 2014
Shavuot   June 4, 2014

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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