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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.


March 20 – 21, 2019 [5779]

Held on the 14th day of Adar, Purim is a festival of joy — marked by feasting, giving gifts to friends and providing charity to those in need. Read More »

Upcoming Jewish Holidays


Selichot   September 1, 2018
Rosh Hashanah   September 09 - 10, 2018
Yom Kippur   September 18 - 19, 2018
Sukkot   September 23 - October 1, 2018
Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah   September 30 – October 1, 2018
Chanukah   December 2 - 10, 2018
Purim   March 20 – 21, 2019
Passover   April 19 – 26, 2019
Yom HaShoah   May 2, 2019
Shavuot   June 8 – 9, 2019

Note: All Jewish holidays begin at sunset. Dates specified at this site are for those evenings, so the holiday extends from sunset on the noted date until dusk on the next.

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