Shabbat

Shabbat--the Jewish Sabbath-- is a 25-hour period of rest lasting from just before sunset on Friday evening until nightfall on Saturday. The idea is to take a break from ordinary life, and focus on family, community, and spiritual growth. The main sections of a Shabbat Dinner include lighting the candles, making Kiddush with wine, and eating Challah.

High Holidays

The High Holidays are split into two parts. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a holiday of multiple layers. On the one hand, it is a celebratory day, appreciating another year of life together with those around us. On the flip side, we sound the shofar which embodies notions of prayer and repentance. Yom Kippur, the second of the High Holidays, is a day of singular focus: self-improvement. Over the course of the day we reflect on the previous year and look forward to the year to come. Everything culminates with all congregants joining together for a break fast meal.

Sukkot

Beginning five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot is named after the booths or huts (sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. According to rabbinic tradition, these flimsy sukkot represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their forty years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. The festival of Sukkot is one of the three great pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish year.