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

Photo: “Slichot” Prayer by Mark Neyman for Government Press Office / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Yom Kippur 2019 begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 08.  This is the holiest day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  It is often called a day of atonement and reconciliation.  Jewish people...
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 August 10-11 in 2019. It is a holy day of remembrance, commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. Many groups in 2019 are using it to lament U.S. treatment of migrants and refugees....
Passover Traditional Seder by Jorge Novominsky for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism / CC BY-ND 2.0

Pesach (Passover)

Passover begins this evening. We pray with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We pray for peace and an end to conflict in the Middle East; for human rights and an end to a culture of discrimination; and for an appreciation of the many and varied traditions of faith....
National Menorah Lighting by William Boncher / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hanukkah (Chanukah)

During this time of Hanukkah (Chanukah) we celebrate with our Jewish Sisters and Brothers. This is 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. The celebration includes special blessings, prayers, songs, and...