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Yom Shlishi, 3 Tammuz 5777

There are many Jewish holidays and festivals celebrated throughout the year. They commemorate the history of the Jewish people and give us the opportunity to enjoy the traditions of Judaism as a community.  We welcome you to share these celebrations with us at Beth Am.

Sukkot
Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. We  build and decorate a beautiful Sukkah at Beth Am and enjoy dinner in the Sukkah before the service. The sunday morning of Sukkot we hold religious school around town at the homes of various congregants. Several families put up a Sukkah in their backyards for religious school families and other temple members to come over and enjoy a morning of  fun and food in the Sukkah!

Simchat Torah
Every Shabbat we read a weekly portion of the Torah. On Simchat Torah we finish reading the last weekly portion of the entire Torah and  then roll the scroll back to the beginning to start again. Simchat Torah is the day after Sukkot and is a lively and joyous celebration!  Come and join us as we recite  the final verses from the Book of Deuteronomy and then start over with the story of creation from the Book of Genesis. You can see the entire Torah opened around the Sanctuary!  

Hanukkah
Hanukkah is a wonderful time at Beth Am! We have  a special Shabbat service to  commemorate the  miracle of the Festival of Lights and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. We enjoy dinner together and everyone brings their own menorah to light. Our annual Hanukkah party during Religious School wouldn't be complete without hundreds of homemade latkes made by the Men's Club! 

Purim
Our Purim carnival, costumes and annual Purim play makes this the most high spirited, creative and noisiest holidays of the Jewish year!  You  dont want to miss Purim at Beth Am!

Passover
Our annual Second Night Beth Am seder is a  wonderful, interactive, creative seder that celebrates our fredom and deliverance from slavery. It  deepens the meaning of the festival to share the traditional seder meal, sing the seder songs and read from the Haggadah together as a congregation.  

 

 

 

*Tishah B'av: A Brief History

in Jewish Holidays
Tishah B'Av means "Ninth of Av" and refers to a Jewish day of fasting and mourning.Excerpted from The Jewish Home by Daniel B. Syme. URJ PressTraditionally Tishah B'Av is the darkest of all days, a time set aside for mourning the destruction of both ancient…