Festivals and Holidays

//Festivals and Holidays
Festivals and Holidays 2018-03-20T16:50:06+00:00

Our holiday services feature traditional liturgy with a warm participatory tone. Congregants take an active part alongside our rabbi, cantor and Ritual Director, given opportunities to read Torah, chant Haftarah, and lead portions of the service as sh’lihei tzibbur (prayer leaders).

FAQs about our services.

Upcoming Holidays:


  • Friday March 30/14 Nisan: Erev Pesach
  • Sat. March 31/15 Nisan: Pesach I
  • Sun. April 1/16 Nisan: Pesach II

Selling Hametz:
The Torah instructs that in observing Pesach all leaven must be removed from one’s home or destroyed. To protect against
excessive waste and financial hardship, the Rabbis permit the individual to sell hametz to a non-Jew until Passover is complete.
It is traditional at that time to make a contribution to the Maot Hittim, the Passover Fund, which helps needy Jews
purchase the necessities to celebrate Pesach and helps other hungry and disadvantaged people.

The transfer of agency to Rabbi David J. Small to sell hametz may be done in person, but if this is impossible, Click for form to print and return to The Emanuel Synagogue office by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

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