Holidays & Festivals

We hold traditional service for all of the festivals of the year. For the Days of Awe, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we use the Machzor Lev Shalem, which provides excellent translations, commentaries and supplementary readings to make the prayer experience more meaningful.

On the Pilgrimage Festivals (Shlosh Regalim), we hold participatory, traditional services, using the Siddur Sim Shalom. The reading of the Megillot, the scrolls, is added as appropriate to the festivals in an abridged format. Morning services begin at 10 a.m. and are followed by a Kiddush. On Passover a communal Seder, by reservation, is held on the second night.

The minor festivals are also observed with appropriate services. On Hanukkah, we light a giant outdoor Hanukkiah on our front lawn to keep the commandment of publicizing the miracle. On Purim night, we have an abridged family style service and read selections from the Megillah. On Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, we have a Yom Tov evening service and program.

The Fast of Tisha b’Av is observed in a traditional fashion in the evening with a full reading of Eicha by candlelight.