Holidays with Temple Sinai
High Holy Day Services
Join our Temple Sinai community for the High Holy Days. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur our synagogue offers services for adults and families and programs for teens and children. 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 Shemini Atzeret (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.
Our synagogue, religious school and preschool love to get in the Chanukah spirit. Chanukah (the Festival of Lights) is an eight night long celebration where candles on a hannukiyot (eight-branched candelabras) are lit to represent the miracle of the oil that was meant to last only one night, but lasted a full eight.
Many are familiar with the story of Passover, when G-d told Moses that the Israelites should mark their doorposts with lamb's blood so that G-d could 'pass over' their houses and spare them from this plague. During the spring time, we celebrate Yom Tov services. These are held on the first two and last two days of Pesach (Passover) and on both days of Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks).
All Other Holidays
Students and their families especially enjoy celebrating Simchat Torah, and Purim (the Feast of Esther). Our connection to the Land of Israel is highlighted by our observances of Tu B’Shevat (holiday of the trees), Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) and Tisha B’Av (the Fast of the 9th of Av). All of our holiday observances serve to deepen our appreciation for Jewish tradition and our connection to Jewish history and Jewish communities throughout the world.