Jewish Observances

We celebrate with our Jewish sisters and brothers.

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 21-22 in 2018. It is a holy day of remembrance, commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem in the years 586 BCE and 70 CE. We pray with our Jewish brothers and sisters....
Passover Traditional Seder by Jorge Novominsky for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism / CC BY-ND 2.0

Pesach (Passover)

We celebrate and pray with our Jewish brothers and sisters during Passover, the major Jewish spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, lasting seven or eight days from the 15th day of Nisan in the Jewish calendar....
National Menorah Lighting by William Boncher

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

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Friday, September 29.  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 refrain from work and fast for the entire day, spending most of the day in...
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). Observances include...