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Other Holidays and Festivals

The holiday begins on the evening BEFORE the date listed.

Sukkot: Monday, October 14, 2019 (15 Tishri, 5780)
Sukkot, which comes on the fifth day after Yom Kippur, lasts for seven days. During that time, we remember the protection God gave the Jewish people during the 40 years they spent traveling in the desert. At Makom Solel Lakeside, we build a sukkah every year, and all are welcome to visit throughout the week. Each year, we celebrate Shabbat with a service in the sukkah followed by a festive oneg.

Simchat Torah: Monday, October 21 and 22, 2019 (23 Tishri, 5779)
Jews complete the annual reading of the Torah on Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day after the start of Sukkot. Shemini Atzeret marks the start of the rainy season in Israel—people recite the Tefillat Geshem (the Prayer for Rain) for the first time of the year starting this day and every day until Passover. In Israel—and by most Reform Jews—Shemini Atzeret is on the same day as Simchat Torah.

Simchat Torah celebrates the yearlong cycle of reading the Torah. On Simchat Torah, we read the very last chapter of Deuteronomy, then roll the Torah back to the beginning and read the very first chapter of Genesis. These services are festive and geared toward young families, though all are welcome. A Yizkor service is held on the morning of the holiday.

Chanukah: Monday, December 23-30, 2019 (25 Kislev, 5780)
Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the second century. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. This year, we light the first Chanukah candle on Saturday evening, December 1.

Purim: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (14 Adar, 5780)
Purim celebrates the downfall of a man who wished to wipe out the Jewish people. The Megillah—the Book of Esther, which is read on Purim—tells us to keep the 14th of Adar as a day of joy and happiness. We dress in costumes and eat hamantaschen.

Every year we hold a Purim Spiel and Carnival on a Sunday morning during Religious School, when adult congregants entertain our Lev Learning children and their parents with a Purim parody; the fun continues with a Purim carnival. We often hold an adult evening celebration for this holiday, as well.

Pesach: Thursday April 9, 2020 (15 Nisan, 5780)
Passover is a holiday that commemorates the liberation of the ancient Israelites from 400 years of slavery in Egypt some 3,000 years ago. Since that time, the holiday has come to represent the universal value of freedom. It is the holiday when family and friends gather around the Seder table to celebrate.

At Makom Solel Lakeside, we celebrate Pesach at the Religious School. Our female congregants also hold a Women’s Seder to commemorate Passover with community friends. On the Seventh Day we hold a morning Yizkor service.

Shavuot: Friday, Mat 29, 2020 (6 Sivan, 5780)
Shavuot is a spring holiday that celebrates the first harvest, the ripening of the first fruits, and most importantly, the giving of the Torah. In the Bible, Shavuot is called by various other names: Feast of Weeks, Feast of The First Fruits and Feast of the Giving of the Law.

At Makom Solel Lakeside, a Yizkor service is held on the morning of the holiday.

Rosh Chodesh
The day each new Jewish month begins is a minor festival of Rosh Chodesh. Since the Jewish calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and then adjusted according to the seasons, Jewish months begin on the new moon—that is, when no moon is showing.

At Makom Solel Lakeside, our female congregants gather every other month to celebrate Rosh Chodesh.

Tu B’Shevat: February 10, 2020 (15 Shevat, 5780) New Year for the Trees
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish Earth Day, the Birthday of Trees. We give thanks for trees and eat fruit native to Israel in appreciation for the harvest.

Yom HaShoah: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (28 Nisan, 5780)
Known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, YomHaShoah solemnly memorializes the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered by the Nazis. Jews commemorate those killed by lighting Yahrzeit memorial candles, reading the names of those who perished, attending Holocaust museums and listening to the stories of survivors to help ensure that it will never happen again.

Yom HaZikaron: Tuesday April 28, 2020 (3 Iyyar, 5780)
Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, takes place on the 4th of the Jewish month Iyar, the day before Israel’s Independence Day. It commemorates and pays tribute to the soldiers who died fighting for Israel’s independence and its subsequent wars and battles. It also functions as a remembrance for victims of all attacks against the Jewish and Israeli people, including those victims of recent terrorism. On Yom HaZikaron, Jews around the world think about and pay respect to Israel’s fallen heroes. Note this holiday (Yom HaZikaron/Yom Ha’Atmaut) may be moved earlier or postponed, if observance conflicts with Shabbat.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Wednesday April 29, 2020
On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, or Israel’s Independence Day, Jews commemorate the 1948 declaration by David Ben-Gurion of the birth of a modern Jewish state in former British-controlled land, ending 2,000 years without a sovereign Jewish Country. Israelis celebrate the formation of their state with parades, parties and fireworks, and Diaspora Jews celebrate in similar ways.

Lag B’Omer: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (18 Iyar, 5780)
Lag B’Omer is a holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Omer, 18 Iyyar. It commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. In modern times this holiday celebrates the resilience of the Jewish spirit. One of the most popular activities to celebrate this holiday is creating a bonfire.

At Makom Solel Lakeside, we celebrate with a bonfire and havdalah. This festive service is geared toward families of all ages, but is very popular among families with young children.

Yom Yerushalayim: Friday, May 22, 2020 (28 Iyyar, 5780)
Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), which takes place on the 28th day of the Hebrew month Iyar, commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem. By defeating Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War, Israel conquered the Old City of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas of East Jerusalem. These areas were later merged with Israeli West Jerusalem.

Tisha B’Av: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (9 Av, 5780)
On Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, Jews fast and mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples and a host of other tragedies in Jewish history that occurred on this date.

Thu, July 2 2020 10 Tammuz 5780