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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 6 - 14, 2015 [5776]

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 first candle is lit on December 6, 2015, and the festival continues through December 14, 2015. Read More »

Upcoming Jewish Holidays


Selichot   September 5, 2015
Rosh Hashanah   September 13 - 15, 2015
Yom Kippur   September 22 - 23, 2015
Sukkot   September 27 - October 4, 2015
Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah   October 4 - 5, 2015
Chanukah   December 6 - 14, 2015
Purim   March 23 - 24, 2016
Passover   April 22 - 29, 2016
Shavuot   June 11 - 12, 2016

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.

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
the High Holy Days, click here.

View a 5-year calendar
for the holidays.

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