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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.


Chanukah

December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017 [5777]

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 24, 2016, and the festival continues through January 1, 2017. Read More »




Upcoming Jewish Holidays

 


Selichot   September 24, 2016
Rosh Hashanah   October 2 - 4, 2016
Yom Kippur   October 11 - 12, 2016
Sukkot   October 16 - 23, 2016
Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah   October 23 - 24, 2016
Chanukah   December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Purim   March 11 - 12, 2017
Passover   April 10 - 17, 2017
Shavuot   May 30 - 31, 2017


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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