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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.


April 3 - 10, 2015 [5775]

The first of the three “pilgrimage festivals,” Passover (or Pesach) also is the first of two major Jewish spring festivals. Perhaps more important than its agricultural origins, however, Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. This year, the holiday continues through April 10, 2015. Read More »

Upcoming Jewish Holidays


Rosh Hashanah   September 24 - 26, 2014
Yom Kippur   October 3 - 4, 2014
Sukkot   October 8 - 15, 2014
Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah   October 15 - 16, 2014
Chanukah   December 16 - 24, 2014
Purim   March 4 - 5, 2015
Passover   April 3 - 10, 2015
Shavuot   May 23 - 24, 2015
Selichot   September 5, 2015

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 High Holy Days seating, click here.

View a 5-year calendar for the holidays.

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