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

Friday, December 12, 5:30-7:00 pm

Yaldeinu Chanukah 
Join our Clergy and the Yaldeinu community for Shabbat and Chanukah blessings, candle lighting, songs and a story. A festive Chanukah meal for children will be served following the Yaldeinu Chanukah celebration. RSVP required,yaldeinu@tbewellesley.org for number of children attending. As part of our Chanukah celebration we are asking attendees to consider bringing new hat and mittens for children that will be donated to children in the area. Learn more about Yaldeinu programs.

 

Sunday, December 14, 1:30 pm

Chanukah Carnival -Celebrate Chanukah with Temple Beth Elohim at our annual Chanukah Carnival. Games, moon bounce, exciting raffle prizes, food and lots of fun! All proceeds support TBE’s Youth Engagement Fund, helping our youth attend Jewish summer camp and leadership development programs. View flyer.

 

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

Service: 6:00 pm

Dinnner: 7:00 pm - Click here to join us for Chanukah Shabbat Dinner!

The LeeVees Concert: 8:00 pm

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.

Tikkun Olam

Once again this year JF&CS Family Table is providing each of our recipient families with Gelt and Potato Pancake Mix (Kosher for Passover), along with other traditional holiday items. We are collecting donations of these items through December 14. Please consider bringing a donation when you next visit the temple. Thank you for your continued support and generosity as we help families in need celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Community Candle Lighting

We will come together and 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 - 7:15 pm
Friday, December 19 - during Shabbat Services
Sunday, December 21 - during our Interfaith Cookie Decorating Program
Monday, December 22 - during Minyan

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


Tu B'Shevat

 - A congregational seder designed around fruits and nuts.    

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.