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Holiday Calendar 2013-2014


Passover (Pesach)
April 14 - April 21, 2014

While Passover is a home based holiday, at TAE we observe and celebrate with several versions of the traditional Seder. Our Sisterhood sponsors an annual Women's seder; our Brotherhood conducts their version of the Seder; and our Youth Groups conduct a Chocolate Seder - yummy!


Click on the Community Seder link to download a form for the Passover Experience Second Night Seder.


To read more about Passover in general, follow the "Read More" link.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Shoah means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew and refers to the attrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II. This is a memorial day for those who have died in the Shoah.


Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Yom Ha'atzma-ut, Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in April.

Our schools celebrate with curriculum activities celebrating the State of Israel.


Lag B'Omer
Sunday, May 18, 2014

An easy way to say the 33rd Day of the Omer. An omer refers to an ancient Hebrew measure of grain; the Omer is counted from the 2nd day of Passover and ends on shavuot. Lag b'Omer commemorates the day when a plague ended in which thousands of students of Rabbi Akiba died during the Omer.


Shavuot
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shavuot is a Hebrew word meaning "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. TAE celebrates with an evening Study, a custom called Tikkun Leil Shavuot, which symbolizes our commitment to the Torah, and that we are always ready and awake to receive the Torah. Traditionally, dairy dishes are served on this holiday to symbolize the sweetness of the Torah, as well as the "land of milk and honey".


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Tisha B'Av
Tuesday, August 5, 2012

Tishah B'Av, which means the "Ninth of Av", refers to a traditional day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. In contrast to Orthodoxy, Reform Judaism has never assigned a central religious role to the ancient Temple. Therefore, mourning the destruction of the Temple in such an elaborate fashion did not seem meaningful. More recently, in Reform Judaism Tishah B'Av has been transformed into a day to remember many Jewish tragedies that have occurred throughout history.



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Rosh Hashanah
September 4-5, 2013

The High Holy Days represent a renewal of spirit to the Jewish people. Rabbi Barry Diamond, Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe and Cantor David Shukiar will lead the congregation in observance of the High Holy Days with a series of programs and services. Two services are conducted in our sanctuary, in addition to a Slichot program and Tashlich service. Temple members and non-members may obtain tickets through our site.


HIGH HOLY DAY PROGRAMS »

Yom Kippur
September 13-14, 2013

The High Holy Days represent a renewal of spirit to the Jewish people. Rabbi Barry Diamond, Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe and Cantor David Shukiar will lead the congregation in observance of the High Holy Days with a series of programs and services. Two services are conducted in our sanctuary, in addition to a Slichot program and Tashlich service. Temple members and non-members may obtain tickets through our site.


HIGH HOLY DAY PROGRAMS »

Sukkot
September 19-26, 2013

Also known as the holiday of "booths" celebrates the fall harvest and commemmorates the forty years of wandering in the desert after Sinai. At TAE, our Brotherhood erects a large Sukkah in our courtyard and our school children contribute hand-made decorations. During the week of Sukkot we invite individuals and groups to participate in the mitzvah of dwelling in the Sukkah by sponsoring several opportunities to meet, greet and eat in the Sukkah.


Simchat Torah Celebration
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 6:30pm

Literally means "rejoicing in the law" it is a celebration of the completion of the annual reading of the torah. It is a joyous celebration at TAE with the choir and the Band of Milk & Honey and a service where the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried around the sanctuary seven times. We also unroll one Torah scroll from the bima, down the center aisle of our sanctuary, through the social Hall and onto the stage - a truly awesome sight!


Hanukkah (Chanukah)
November 27- December 4, 2013

Each year we celebrate Hanukkah by lighting the candles at various locations, including the Oaks Mall, (an eight foot menorah) by singing songs and eating jelly donuts! The community is welcome to join us at the courtyard near Nordstrom. The schedule for the Oaks Mall candlelighting is from 6:00 to 6:30pm on December 1st Join the congregation on for Shabbat on Friday November 29th with the Band of Milk & Honey and the Choir. After the service we will have an Oneg with Sufganyot (Jelly Donuts) and other treats! .


Shabbat Shira (The Sabbath of Song)
Friday January 10, 2014, 7:30pm

Join Cantor Sukiar, the Adult Choir, The Band of Milk and Honey and Shirei Elohim, our Jr. Choir - as we recall our Exodus from Egypt across the Sea of Reeds to freedom. As we remember the song that Mosses, Miriam and the Hebrews sang at the shores of the sea, we will experience an evening filled with music and spirit. We will experience numerous settings of a selected text from different parts of the world and from different time periods. You do not want to miss this chance to study and experience this wonderful piece of our liturgy.


Tu B'shevat
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate Tu B'Shvat - The Birthday of the Trees. We will gather around the table, experience the Seder as we partake in symbolic foods related to this holiday, study some Torah and sing some songs during this festive time. Please join us for this celebration of Jewish tradition that has been observed since the Middle Ages. Here is an insert regarding this ancient tradition:

The tradition of the Tu'B'Shvat seder began during the Middle Ages, when the holiday was celebrated with a feast of fruits. It was later adapted by mystic kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria of Sfat into the form of a seder in which the fruits and trees of Israel were given symbolic meaning. The idea of this seder was that eating ten specific fruits and drinking four cups of grape juice in a specific order, while reciting appropriate blessings, would bring people and the world closer to spiritual perfection. The Jewish Learning Website

Contact Rabbi Dubowe if you would like to do a mitzvah and help prepare this fun seder!


Purim
March 16, 2014

Each year we celebrate Purim with a reading of the Megilllah, a crazy Purim Schpiel, family carnival and the exchange of Purim gifts.


PURIM CARNIVAL VIDEO »

A PARENTS PERSPECTIVE »


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