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Jewish Observances

We celebrate with our Jewish sisters and brothers.

“Slichot” Prayer by Mark Neyman for Government Press Office / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur 2020 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September  15th.  This is the holiest day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters. Yom Kippur ends the 10 days of reflection and repentance (the days of awe) which began with the feast of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). ...
Rosh Hashanah 2012 by Joshua Bousel / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the universe. The Rosh Hashanah actually means Head of the Year. This is one of Judaism’s holiest days and it marks the beginning of a 10-day period of a call to repentance and reconciliation which culminates on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)....
The Western Wall, Jerusalem by Ronan Shenhav / CC BY-NC 2.0

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’av is an annual fast day in Judaism celebrated on July 17-18, 2021. It is a holy day of remembrance, commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. Many groups in 2021 are using it to lament U.S. treatment of migrants and refugees....
National Menorah Lighting by William Boncher / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hanukkah (Chanukah)

During Hanukkah we celebrate with our Jewish Sisters and Brothers: It’s an eight-day festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Temple after purifying it from the idolatrous activities that defiled it in the second century BCE. Hanukkah includes special blessings, prayers, songs, and the nightly lighting of the Menorah....
Passover Traditional Seder by Jorge Novominsky for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism / CC BY-ND 2.0

Pesach (Passover)

Passover begins this Wednesday evening. During this time of pandemic, the celebrations may be different but the prayer of this festival time is more important than ever. We pray with our Jewish brothers and sisters for an end to the slavery and suffering of these days....