Some Descriptions of the Holidays
The Holidays at Temple Judea are truly community events. Each holiday is special, filled with familiar customs, as often refreshed with new customs often borrowed from modern Israeli culture.
Some of our holidays at Temple Judea are borrowed from American culture, because they resonate with Jewish meaning.
Everyone is Welcome
These are great times for family and community learning and fun!
Rosh Hashanah, together with Yom Kippur, are the most solemn Jewish holidays. It is a time for reflection; a time to repair misdeeds and wrongs we have personally committed during the past year; and a time to pledge and plan how to improve ourselves for the coming year.
On the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah many of our families gather at Lake Galena for Taslikh (literally “cast off”). This is a short ceremony very suitable for children and enjoyable for adults when we symbolically cast off our sins onto the water.
Yom Kippur is a day for fasting, prayer, and study. As on Rosh Hashanah, Temple Judea holds separate services for young children, families, and adults. During the early afternoon our adults study and discuss an aspect of the liturgy. Later in the afternoon is Yiskor service, a special memorial service for our departed loved ones.
Rejoice and dance with the Torah to celebrate the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings, and the beginning of the new cycle.
Sukkot is so unreservedly joyful that it is commonly referred to in Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing. Dinner and crafts in the Sukkah celebrate this joyous occasion.
Temple Judea participates in a special community interfaith service on the evening before Thanksgiving. This ecumenical community service is always interesting and heart-warming.
Celebrate Hanukah at Temple Judea where we light menorahs, sing, make crafts, and eat latkes! (Along with donuts and hot chocolate).
Learn about and celebrate nature, trees, and spring.
Come and taste the fruits of Israel and drink wine to celebrate the spring!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Temple Judea has been a leader in community-wide celebrations on MLK Day. The values of individual freedom, non-violence social action, and mutual understanding fit well with our Jewish understanding to seek Peace and Justice for all Humankind.
What a fun night to celebrate with friends and family! Costume parade, a shpiel performed by TJ congregants, megillah reading, and a lot of hamantaschen eating.
Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Eygpt and celebrates our Freedom.
On the first night of Passover, most of our families celebrate with a Passover Seder in their homes. Many of our members invite those of us who do not live near their extended family to join what become small community Seders.
On the second night of Passover we host a community Seder at Temple Judea when families, neighbors, and guests come together.
The Temple Judea clergy team and choir host and lead an Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service open to all members of the community.