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.  


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 shpiels, costume parades, tikkun olam, a carnival and more! Check out our Facebook page to view pictures of our previous Purim events!     

Social Action (Tikkun Olam) - Community members can bring in donations to get an additional 5 tickets for the carnival. They can bring a box of Matzah to support Family Table or a grocery store gift card* to support Yad Chessed. *Gift cards should be for large grocery stores (Shaws, Market Basket, Stop and Shop) and should be in standard amounts ($10, 25, 50 etc.)  Matzah can be dropped off in the Family Table collection bin and supermarket gift cards can be dropped off in the Tzedakah boxes next to the sanctuary.

Passover 

Annual Community Passover Seder
Saturday, April 4, 6:00 pm
- It’s tradition! Passover is a time of renewal and rejoicing with family and friends. What better place to celebrate the second night than our Makom? Join the TBE community in celebration and song as we gather and deepen the connections we have in our kehilah kedoshah (holy community) at TBE. Click here to register.

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. 

Chanukah:

Together, we celebrate dedication, courage, freedom, blessings and the holy community that gathers throughout the year in our MakomNisim 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 2014 Chanukah Video....