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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Alexandra Greenberg (MMS) 10:30 am
Enter the High Holy Days with Selichot & The Jewish Women’s Theatre 6:30 pm
Enter the High Holy Days with Selichot & The Jewish Women’s Theatre
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
6:30 pm – Havdalah in Martin Meyer Reception 7:00 pm – Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre in Martin Meyer Sanctuary 8:15 pm – Selichot Service About Jewish Women’s Theatre In the fall of 2008, Jewish … Continued
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Mahjong (R57) 1:30 pm
Mahjong (R57)
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Young Adult Food Pantry Volunteering 6:00 pm
Young Adult Food Pantry Volunteering
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join members of the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El for an evening volunteering with the SF Marin Food Pantry. Volunteers will help sort and package produce for families in the greater San Francisco community. … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 6, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 6, 2018
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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First Friday Under Five (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five (MMS)
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (MS) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (MS)
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-09-07 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-09-07
Sep 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Thai food will be provided.Adult Members- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Elul Mikvah 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 9:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
2018 ERH Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2018 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Family Service, (MMS) 5:00 pm
Family Service, (MMS)
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm
One hour worship led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Service, (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Service, (Main)
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Jason Rodich.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Contemporary Service, (Main) 8:30 pm
Contemporary Service, (Main)
Sep 9 @ 8:30 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
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Rosh Hashanah – Office Closed
Classic Service, Main Sanctuary 9:00 am
Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Sydney Mintz.  Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS) 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS)
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under, Martin Meyer Sanctuary Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Contemporary Service (Main) 11:45 am
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 10 @ 11:45 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Service for families with children ages 5-10, (Main) 2:30 pm
Service for families with children ages 5-10, (Main)
Sep 10 @ 2:30 pm
Led by Emanu-El clergy with Cantor Arik Luck and musician Jonathan Ferris. No One Pass or ticket required.
Community Service led by our teens (Main) 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens (Main)
Sep 10 @ 3:30 pm
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings and commentaries created and led by our teens. With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Tashlich (Baker Beach) 5:00 pm
Tashlich (Baker Beach)
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm
As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we gather to throw breadcrumbs into the water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. This ceremony is called Tashlich and represents a symbolic casting away of the transgressions of the past … Continued
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Worship (RRC) 9:30 am
Worship (RRC)
Sep 11 @ 9:30 am
A quiet, meditative acoustic service led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Rabbi Ryan Bauer, and Cantor Arik Luck.
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Cooking for Congregants – September 13, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 13, 2018
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Camp Reunion Community Dinner and Late Shabbat 6:15 pm
Camp Reunion Community Dinner and Late Shabbat
Sep 14 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – between 8 and 10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Sep 14 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2018 5:00 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2018
Sep 16 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Family Service (MMS) 5:00 pm
Family Service (MMS)
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm
One hour worship, led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Service (Main)
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
HHD 2018 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2018 KN Sr. Transp
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
Contemporary Service (Main) 8:30 pm
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 18 @ 8:30 pm
Led by Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
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Yom Kippur – Office Closed
Classic Service (Main) 9:00 am
Classic Service (Main)
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS) 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Taste of Tauber Study Session (GH) 10:00 am
Taste of Tauber Study Session (GH)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Lawrence Kushner on Malicious talk: Maimonides on the laws governing speech No One Pass or ticket required.
Study Session (GH) 11:30 am
Study Session (GH)
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am
Learn with Tad Taube Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Stephen Pearce: What Is Your Story? Muriel Ruykeser advised, “The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories.” Accounts from our formative years, called “charter … Continued
Contemporary Service (Main) 11:45 am
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 19 @ 11:45 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Sermon by Rabbi Carla Fenves. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH) 2:00 pm
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH)
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH)
DATE: Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 TIME: 2:00-3:30 pm (immediately following Contemporary Services) LOCATION: Guild Hall *childcare available* Join us for a special conversation about youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Hear directly from youth in this … Continued
Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz (Front Gate) 2:15 pm
Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz (Front Gate)
Sep 19 @ 2:15 pm
Participants will meet at the front gate of the temple at 2:15 pm to walk to the Presidio and return in time for the 3:30 pm Community Service led by our teens. No One Pass … Continued
Afternoon Service (MMS) 2:30 pm
Afternoon Service (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 2:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer.  Music by Cantor Arik Luck. No One Pass or ticket required.
Community Service led by our teens (Main) 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens (Main)
Sep 19 @ 3:30 pm
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings, and commentaries created and led by our teen.  With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Guided Meditation (GH) – note: latecomers will not be admitted 4:00 pm
Guided Meditation (GH) – note: latecomers will not be admitted
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm
Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Note: Latecomers will not be admitted No One Pass or ticket required.  
Healing Service (RRC) 4:00 pm
Healing Service (RRC)
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services (Main) 5:30 pm
Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services (Main)
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm
Led by Senior Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music: Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services (MMS) 5:30 pm
Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. Space is extremely limited. Tickets or One Passes are required. Courtyard Havdalah and Break the … Continued
30’s and 40’s Break the Fast 6:30 pm
30’s and 40’s Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for our annual break-the-fast as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community … Continued
Young Adult Break the Fast 7:00 pm
Young Adult Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come join the Young Adult Community for a break-the-fast meal as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community as we … Continued
Young Adult Break the Fast 7:30 pm
Young Adult Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come join the Young Adult Community for a break-the-fast meal as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community as we … Continued
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Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2018 5:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2018
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive outdoor service in the courtyard at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 23, followed by Mediterranean dinner.Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.Reservations are required … Continued
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Service for First Day of Sukkot 9:00 am
Service for First Day of Sukkot
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the joyous festival service. Freshly brewed coffee will be served at 9:00 am for the service in the chapel, where Hallel will be sung by the Cantor! Afterwards, we will have the traditional … Continued
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Mahjong (chap) 6:00 pm
Mahjong (chap)
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Sukkot Dinner 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 6:30 pm
Sukkot Dinner 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come join us for our annual Women's Group and Tribe for Women dinner in the sukkah for a night of women, discussion, and wine. We will be outside so remember to dress warmly! Please register, and … Continued
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Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah 7:00 pm
Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah @ Sukkah in the Temple Courtyard
Kick off the New Year together with other Tribe dads, as we have the first ever Sukkot steak and wine celebration in the temple Sukkah. Register now!Event Signup
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Drinks, Dinner, and Music in the Sukkah 7:00 pm
Drinks, Dinner, and Music in the Sukkah
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Event Signup
Sukkot is Zman Simchatenu – Season of our Joy 7:00 pm
Sukkot is Zman Simchatenu – Season of our Joy
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for an Boomers/Empty Nester's/Men's Group dinner in the sukkah – Middle eastern fare, wine, stories and music with Cantor Barak and the Rabbis Singer!Event Signup
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Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering 7:15 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering
Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering ticket for September 28Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Young Families Sukkot Celebration 2018 10:00 am
Young Families Sukkot Celebration 2018
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
We invite families with children under age 5 for a Shabbat morning service in the sukkah at Rabbi Carla Fenves and Cantor David Frommer's home. Please join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 29 … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Andrew Eidelhoch (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Andrew Eidelhoch (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Caleb Darsky (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Caleb Darsky (Main)
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shake your Lulav, 2018 3:00 pm
Shake your Lulav, 2018
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Young Adult Community at Emanu-El at our 4th annual Shake your Lulov Sukkot program! We are changing locations this year and have booked a private space at Spark Social SF to celebrate together … Continued
Shake your Lulav, 2018 3:00 pm
Shake your Lulav, 2018
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Young Adult Community at Emanu-El at our 4th annual Shake your Lulov Sukkot program! We are changing locations this year and have booked a private space at Spark Social SF to celebrate together … Continued
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Hebrew Decoding Fall 2018 9:30 am
Hebrew Decoding Fall 2018
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:15 am
Hebrew Decoding The Alef-Bet With Cantor Marsha AttieSunday, September 30, 9:30 – 11:15 amAND Sunday, October 7, 9:30 – 11:15 am This crash course is designed for those who want to learn how to read Hebrew … Continued
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2018 5:00 pm
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2018
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle! This joyful and festive occasion includes dinner, dancing and singing with the Torah … Continued
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture 8:30 pm
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:20 pm
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture
Have you experienced the loss of someone you love? Join us to honor and remember them at our beautiful Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Then join us at 9:30 am in … Continued
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Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holiday Descriptions

The following Jewish holidays are listed in chronological order as they are celebrated, beginning with the Fall High Holy Day Season.

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the ten-day period known as the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah is also known as the “birthday of the world”, the “day of remembrance” and the “day of the shofar.” Rosh Hashanah celebrates the ability of people to change and grow, as it is a time for deep thought, self-examination, and prayer.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiday in which the Jewish people ask for forgiveness and forgive others. Yom Kippur, the most solemn and holy day of the Jewish year, is the last day of the ten days of awe and marks the end of the ten-day period of the High Holy Days.

Sukkot

Sukkot is a fall harvest festival. Sukkot is also known as the “Festival of the Booths”, as it commemorates the time the Jewish people lived in temporary huts (sukkot) during their wandering and during their time of harvest in the fields. Sukkot is a time of feasting and of giving thanks for the harvest.

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah, meaning “rejoicing with the Torah”, is a happy holiday celebrated with gaiety and festivity. On Simchat Torah the last portion of the Torah in the book of Deuteronomy and the first verses of the book of Genesis are read in the same Temple service, signifying that the Torah has no beginning and no end.

Chanukah

Chanukah, a joyous holiday celebrated for eight days, commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Greeks and thus Jewish independence and the right to once again practice the Jewish religion. Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple after the victory over the Greeks. Chanukah is also called the “Festival of Lights” in remembrance of the miraculous oil that burned in the Temple menorah for eight days at the time of the rededication of the Temple.

Blessings and How to Light Candles for Chanukah

 

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat celebrates the “Birthday of the Trees.” This Jewish holiday validates the importance of nature and stresses the need for people to care for trees, plants and objects in nature. It is customary to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat.

Purim

Purim, a time of merriment and great fun, is one of the happiest of Jewish holidays. The festival of Purim derives from the biblical story of Esther and commemorates the Jewish people’s success over people who tried to destroy them.

Passover

Passover celebrates the most important event in Jewish history, which is the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. This holiday recalls the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, their eventual freedom and their arrival in the promised land in Canaan. Passover is celebrated for eight days with a special meal, special foods, and specific traditional practices.


Yom Ha-Atzmaut

Yom Ha-atzmaut, the “day of independence”, is the Jewish holiday celebrating Israel’s attainment of statehood. Israel’s Independence Day commemorates its establishment once again as the homeland of the Jewish people.

 

Lag Ba Omer

Lag Ba Omer is a minor Jewish holiday that focuses on the importance of study and learning. Lag Ba Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the 50 days of the counting of the “omer”, or the measure of the newly ripened barley. The Lag Ba Omer holiday provided a break from this serious harvest time.

Shavuot

Shavuot celebrates the day the Jews were given the Torah, the guidelines of Jewish life, on Mount Sinai. It is also a celebration of the time of harvest and the offering of the first fruits of the new harvest. On Shavuot the Jewish people decorate the synagogue with greens and flowers, wear white clothing, and eat dairy dishes.

Shabbat

The Jewish holiday of Shabbat is a joyous occasion celebrated every Friday night to Saturday night. Shabbat commemorates the creation of the world, as the world was created in six days and the seventh day was the day of rest. Shabbat is a special time for people to come together each week to be with family and friends, to rest, to think, to share, to sing, and to have a good time. The observance of Shabbat begins with a traditional ritual that includes blessings while lighting candles, drinking wine, and eating challah (twisted egg bread).

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