Festivals and Holidays

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Sukkot: October 4-12 2017/14 Tishre
– Oct. 4 Erev Sukkot: 6 pm
– Oct. 5 Sukkot I: 9 am Shaharit Services; 6 pm Mincha/Maariv
– Oct. 6 Sukkot II: 9 am Sharit Services; 6 pm Mincha/Maariv
– Oct. 7 Shabbat Hal HaMoed: 9 am Services; Torah at 10”
– Oct. 11 Shimini Atzeret Erev: 6 pm services/6:30 Kiddush
– Oct. 12: Sh’mini Atzeret (Last day of Sukkot): 9 am Services, Yizkor: 10:45


Simhat Torah: October 12-13, 2017/ 23 Tishre
On Simhat Torah night, all ages join in dancing with the Torah scrolls during the seven Hakafot.

-Oct 12 Erev Simhat Torah:
6 pm Mincha/Maariv in Chapel
6 pm Pizza Supper in Lobby for Children
       6:30 pm Evening Service: Hakafot, Torah unscrolling
       8:00 pm Simchat Torah Cafe: Gourmet Desserts for the entire family!
-Oct 13 Simhat Torah Day: 9 am Service; 10 am Hakafot


Hanukah: December 13, 2017 First candle – December 20, 2017 / 25 Kislev-2 Tevet

Purim: March 1, 2018 / 14 Adar

Pesach: First Seder Saturday, March 31, 2018,  – April 7, 2018/ 14-22 Nisan

Shavuot: May 20-21, 2018 / 6-7 Sivan3

Our holiday services feature traditional liturgy with a warm participatory tone. Congregants take an active part alongside our rabbi, cantor and Ritual Director. Congregants read Torah, chant Haftarah, and lead portions of the service as sh’lihei tzibbur (prayer leaders).  A whole cadre of people read Megilah on Purim and adults as well as children dress in the spirit of the holiday.

FAQs about our services.

We welcome lay participation in our services! Please contact Moshe Pinchover if you would like an aliya, to read Torah, Haftarah or Megilah, or have any other honor. If you would like to give a D’var Torah, contact Rabbi Small.

CONTACT Ritual Director Moshe Pinchover, (860) 236-1275, mpinch@emanuelsynagogue.org or Rabbi Small, (860) 236-1275, rabbismall@emanuelsynagogue.org