All of the major and minor holidays on the Jewish calendar are observed and celebrated at Temple Sinai. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur the synagogue is filled to capacity with services for adults, for teens, for children, and for families. Only days after Yom Kippur, we begin the celebration of Sukkot (the Feast of Booths) which includes kiddushim (refreshments following services), classes and a variety of activities in the synagogue’s spectacular sukkah. Special Yom Tov (holiday) services are offered on the first two days of Sukkot, as well as on SheminiAtzeret (the Eighth Day of Assembly) and Simchat Torah (the Celebration of the Torah which takes place annually upon the completion of the reading of the Torah), the two days at the end of Sukkot. Yom Tov services are also held on the first two and last two days of Pesach (Passover) and on both days of Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks).
Students and their families especially enjoy the celebrating that accompanies Simchat Torah, Purim (the Feast of Esther) and Hannukah (the Festival of Lights). The construction of hannukiyot (eight-branched candelabras) and noise makers, the re-enactments of famous Jewish events, the dancing inside and outside the synagogue are all part of the excitement that these holidays entail. Our connection to the Land of Israel is highlighted by our observances of Tu B’Shevat (the holiday of the trees) in the winter; Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) in the spring; and Tisha B’Av (the Fast of the 9th of Av) in the summer. All of our holiday observances serve to deepen our appreciation for Jewish tradition and our connection to Jewish history and to Jewish communities throughout the world.