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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.




Selichot

September 20, 2014 [5774]

Selichot is a service of Jewish penitential poems and prayers said in the period leading up to the High Holy Days. 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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