As part of the larger American Jewish community we live with our feet firmly in two different calendars. The Jewish calendar presents us with opportunities throughout the year to celebrate and reflect, as have our people throughout the millennia.
High Holy Days
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
We welcome the New Year and observe our Day of Atonement in a manner that offers as broad a range of opportunities as possible. We have family-centered worship, intergenerational worship, formal services in our main sanctuary and, on both holidays, programs and worship experiences targeted for K-5th or 6-7th grade students.
Our congregational sukkah is built the day before the festival begins and is available for use by any member of the congregation. Our religious school students spend time in it during the holiday as do our pre-school students. In addition we hold a variety of different programs that take advantage of our sukkah throughout the week. (These change from year to year. Please see our calendar for current programming.) Shabbat evening worship during Sukkot ends in the Sukkah… weather permitting of course.
On the last day of the festival we hold a morning service at 10:30am that, as is the case on Passover and Shavuot, includes a Yizkor memorial service. This service is followed by a light lunch.
Of special note is our congregational celebration of Simchat Torah. During the service, numerous members of the congregation are invited to carry the Torah around the sanctuary for the various Hakafot. In joyous celebration of finishing the annual cycle of reading from the Torah and beginning it once again we unroll the entire Torah so our community can see it stretching around the entire sanctuary. Every member of the congregation is invited to participate in supporting the scroll as it is unrolled, and participates in the special blessings as we finish the cycle of reading and begin it anew. This evening is a highlight of the year for our TSTI family members of all ages.
Our Chanukah observance takes place on the Shabbat that falls during the festival of lights. In addition to the traditional Shabbat worship we celebrate with special young family programming, guest artists, singing Chanukah songs, lighting of the Chanukah menorah and special treats for all.
Tu Bishvat, also known as The Birthday for the Trees, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat has come to be connected to Jewish Environmentalism. Our Green Team has led TSTI’s commitment to educating our community and making significant changes within our building.
Our observance of Purim takes place on the closest Sunday to the holiday. A brief worship service is followed by our staff-led Purim spiel. After the Purim spiel our young people are invited to participate in by our annual “Purim Extravaganza” a.k.a. Purim Carnival.
Recognizing that Passover is first and foremost a home Festival, we do not hold a Congregational seder but we do our best to give each and every household in the congregation the tools necessary for them to hold their own meaningful seder and, when requested, do our best to find host households for those who are in need of such an opportunity.
In addition, various groups hold seders that are open to the community with prior registration. Our Prime Connection and Women's Connection seders are a highlight!
At the end of the Passover festival we hold a morning worship service at 10:30am. As is the case during Sukkot and Shavout it closes the festival but also allows us an opportunity to observe Yizkor and honor the memories of family members who have died. This service is followed by a light lunch.
On the Friday evening after the festival of Shavuot, Shabbat worship is led by our 10th grade Confirmation Class. Always a meaningful opportunity it lets us celebrate our commitment to Jewish learning and celebrate our young adults who have made the choice to continue their learning and community engagement post-B'nei Mitzvah.
On the last day of the festival we hold a morning service at 10:30am. As is the case during Passover and Sukkot, it closes the festival but also allows us an opportunity to observe Yizkor and honor the memories of family members who have died. This service is followed by a light lunch.
Festival worship for Sukkot, Shavuot, Simchat Torah and Passover are constantly evolving and details about specific worship and experiential opportunities can be found in our weekly e-newsletter and in that month's Temple bulletin.
Holocaust Memorial Day is a somber day each year. We mark it on the closest Shabbat and are part of a larger annual community observance. Our Yom Kippur Memorial service also includes a special Holocaust Memorial Service.
Israel Independence Day is a time of celebration throughout the Jewish world. Our observance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut various from year to year but always take place on the closest Shabbat evening.
Other special services and worship opportunities take place throughout the year as we are always looking for new ways to celebrate tradition and create new traditions in our ever-evolving congregation. As is the case in every corner of our community, our goal is to be open and welcoming.
You do not need to be a member of our congregation to join us for worship. The only exception to this (due to space and security constraints) are the evening and morning services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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