Holidays and Festivals

Every year, Beth El celebrates together the cycle of the Jewish holidays, taking us from the beauty of the New Year and Rosh Hashanah to the giving of Torah on Shavuot and beyond.

We pray together during the High Holidays, filling the sanctuary with our songs, our personal reflections, and the words of our ancient teachers and guides.

To celebrate the bountiful harvest during the Sukkot holiday, our baseball team builds us a sukkah (booth) and we invite the whole community to decorate it and then pray, sing and eat in our temporary outdoor sanctuary.

And we’re great holiday dancers as well! We celebrate Torah with spirited dancing during the  Simchat Torah holiday in the fall and by dancing our holy scrolls out to the Memorial Garden on Shavuot in the spring.

We brighten the longest nights of the year by kindling the lights of our outdoor menorah together during each night of Chanukah. And we join together in song and latke making.

We haven’t created a real hamantaschen-latke debate yet (though we’re great debaters!), but Purim gives our voices a chance to shine forth in the annual shpiel (play); our stomachs a chance to delight in every variety of 3-cornered cookies; and our hearts the opportunity to collect Tzedakah (righteous giving) for our needy neighbors in the Boston area.

And special workshops and study sessions ready us to leave Egypt and feel the first taste of freedom as a people on Pesach – each and every year.

The flow of the Jewish year is our flow of connection at Beth El. As the seasons change, each holiday brings new energy, new learning, and fresh opportunities to grow and rejoice together as a community.
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— Beverly H