Holidays

The Jewish calendar is filled with holidays and festivals that commemorate important milestones in our history as well as nature's cycle in the Holy Land. Our observance of these ranges from the solemn (Yom Kippur) to the joyous (Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu B'Shevat, Passover and Shavuot) to the downright silly (Purim). We also commemorate more recent events in our people's history, such as Yom HaShoah. For each of these annual occasions, we have strived to create a service appropriate to the occasion.  


Chanukah:

Together, we celebrate dedication, courage, freedom, blessings and the holy community that gathers throughout the year in our Makom. Nisim gadolim korim po - great miracles are happening here. May we take the time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the daily miracles in our lives, and cherish the time we spend together. Retell the stories. Sing the songs. Share the light. Spin a dreidel. Check out our TBE Chanukah Video....

December 19 - Join us for our annual Community Shabbat Chanukah service, dinner, concert and celebration.* 

Service: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
- We're sorry, but reservations are closed for dinner.  Please join us for services and The LeeVees' concert.
The LeeVees Concert: 8:00 pm (reservations are not required)

The LeeVees

The Leevees, a rock band from New York City featuring Adam Gardner of Guster and Dave Schneider of the Zambonis, will perform for us on Friday, December 19 following our Shabbat Chanukah service. The band was formed when Guster and the Zambonis went on tour together. The latter band only writes songs about hockey; Gardner and Schneider thought it would be fun to form another rock band, a Jewish one, that only wrote songs about Hanukkah, because there were very few contemporary songs about that holiday. It first came to prominence in 2005 with its debut album, Hanukkah Rocks. After realizing its initial approach was rather narrow, it continues as a band with a strong Jewish identity. With songs like “How Do You Spell Channukkahh?” this promises to be an evening of great fun! Learn more and listen to The LeeVees.

Underwritten by the Laurie and Henry Kay Music Fund.

Community Candle Lighting: We'll gather to light our Chanukah candles together.  We hope you can join us.

Tuesday, December 16 - 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 17 - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 18 - 7:00 pm
Friday, December 19 - during Shabbat Services
Sunday, December 21 - during our Interfaith Cookie Decorating Program

Tikkun Olam: There are many ways to give back this holiday season

Fifth Night & Birthday Wishes: Friday, December 19
*Fifth Night helps teach our children the importance of giving at the holidays as they forgo one night of Chanukah gifts in order to give to a child in need. Join us for our annual Community Shabbat Chanukah service, dinner and LeeVee's concert on Friday, December 19! Please bring new, unwrapped gifts for children ranging in age from birth to 18. These gifts will be donated to Birthday Wishes. Birthday wishes brings the magic of a birthday party to thousands of homeless children each year. Founded in 2002 as a  volunteer organization serving one local shelter, Birthday Wishes has expanded its program to serve more than 185 shelters and transitional living facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York. Learn more about  Birthday Wishes.

Salvation Army Dinner: Thursday December 25, 2014
For the third year, TBE will be serving holiday dinner at the Salvation Army in Framingham. This is a truly wonderful way to help others on a very personal level. We are planning for 100 guests* so we need lots of cooks but, due to a very small kitchen, we only need 10 servers/helpers. All food should be dropped off at Pam's home by noon on Thursday, December 25 (Christmas Day.) Those who can serve should be at the Salvation Army between 5:30 pm and plan to stay until about 7:30 pm. Click here to provide food items listed and/or to serve; it's easy and you do not need to create an account. Call Pam Remis with questions, (781) 894-8037 and thank you for your participation in this mitzvah.

Tzedakah Donations
All tzedakah donations around Chanukah will go towards Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Click here to view Chanukah Resources (history, blessings, recipes, and more!)


Tu B'Shevat

The "New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the fifteenth (tu) of Sh'vat. Scholars believe that Tu BiSh'vat was originally an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. After the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.C.E. this holiday was a way for Jews to symbolically bind themselves to their former homeland by eating foods that could be found in Israel. In the seventeenth century Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu BiSh'vat similar to the Passover seder.  Today, Tu BiSh'vat has also become a tree planting festival in Israel, in which both Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend. To plant a tree in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one, please contact The JNF Online Tree Planting Center. Learn more.

February 4 at 7:30 pm* - Join Us for our Tu B’Shevat Congregational Seder. RSVP by January 25 to Lynn Burke, LBurke@tbewellesley.org or (781) 235-8419 x211.
*All 7:30 pm classes will meet at the seder and will continue at 8:00 pm.

Purim

- Join us for a festive holiday celebration that includes shpeils, costume parades, tikkun olam, a carnival and more! Check out our Facebook page to view pictures of our previous Purim events!     

Passover 

Passover Resources: 

Passover Learning Guide 

Passover Recipes 

Haggadahs 

Learn about the Seder Plate 

Passover Blessings and Songs 

Check out pictures from Passover Pathways at TBE, Sunday, April 6, 2014 

Shavuot

Service, communal dinner, traditional study (Tikkun Leil Shavuot)

Tisha B'Av 

Join us as we observe the holiday of Tisha b'Av – a day of mourning for all the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people. Join our clergy in song and prayer as we read from the book of Eicha (Lamentations).

Rosh Hashanah

 - Celebrate the New Year and usher in the High Holy Days with the TBE Community.   

Kol Nidre

- Join us in prayer during the evening service on the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur

- The most solemn religious holy day of the Jewish year, the last of the ten days of penitence that begin with Rosh Hashanah.    

Sukkot

-Service in our own Sukkah.   

Simchat Torah

- Joyous procession with our Torahs and Israeli dancing.