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Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is a time of to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year to come. The Jewish New Year is a time for serious introspection. According to tradition, G-d writes our name in the Book of Life and decides who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life, for the following year. We eat apples and honey in the hope that we will have a sweet year.
- Sunday, September 9 – Close at 5 pm
- Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11 – Closed
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most important day of the Jewish calendar. Occurring 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, it is a day dedicated to fasting, reflection, prayer and penitence. Traditionally it is believed to be the last opportunity to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged during the past year.
- Tuesday, September 18 – Close at 5 pm
- Wednesday, September 19 – Closed
Sukkot is a time to celebrate the harvest. In honor of the workers who used to live in the fields, we build a sukkah, a three-sided temporary booth that have no real roofs or doors. We decorate them with branches, fruits and vegetables. We eat, study, play and sometimes sleep in our sukkah during the holiday. We remember that when the Jewish people wandered in the desert after they were freed from slavery in Egypt, they built sukkot for shade and rest. The JCC Sukkah is built in the Levinson patio and decorated by staff and ECDC and Clubhouse children.
- Sunday, September 23 – Close at 5 pm
- Monday, September 24 – Closed
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Shemini Atzeret occurs on the day after the seven-day festival of Sukkot and is generally translated as “the eighth day of assembly.” The Talmud declares the eighth day as a separate holiday dedicated to the love of God. In ancient Israel, Shemini Atzeret coincided with the beginning of the rainy season.
Each year in the synagogue, we read the Torah from start to finish. Simchat Torah marks the day we finish reading the last section of the Torah and begin reading the first section over again.
- Sunday, September 30 – Close at 5 pm
- Monday, October 1 – Closed