We welcome you to learn more about significant holidays and observations of the Jewish calendar and we invite you to join us for our many celebrations throughout the year!
Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year – a holiday observed with festive meals and a day spent in prayer or quiet meditation.
Yom Kippur – The Jewish Day of Atonement – the most solemn day of the Jewish year. A day devoted to self–examination, and the chance to begin the New Year with a clean slate.
Sukkot – A celebration of the fall harvest, join us for a Bring Your Own Picnic dinner and Shabbat Under the Stars.
Shemini Atzeret – Is the final day of the festivities of Sukkot. During this time we remember those we love who have passed away.
Simchat Torah – This holiday marks the conclusion of the annual reading of the Torah and its beginning again – join us for dancing, singing and celebration!
Chanukah – A festival celebrating liberation from oppression, freedom of worship, and finding light in the darkest of times. Each year we gather as a community to enjoy good food, great music, Israeli dancing and the sounds of the Klezmer Band.
Tu B’Shevat – The Jewish “New Year of the Trees,” celebrated with observances that connect us to our environment and the natural world. CJC celebrates the connection between Shomri Adama/Protecting our world and Judaism on Tu B’Shevat in many different ways including a Tu B’Shevat seder, having important edicational and tikkun olam opportunites present in Sunday School and working to protect and save our world.
Purim – Purim at CJC is a time when adults, children and everyone in between, get dressed up to enjoy a special spiel written by one of our congregants every year. Service is filled with music, laughter and connection.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) – The day Jews all over the world mourn the loss of six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust. CJC participates in Howard County’s annual Yom HaShoah program.
Shavuot – A time of learning and re-dedication to the covenant of G-d. We take seriously the commandment to learn and teach each other by having a wonderful tikkun, where clergy and congregants learn together.
Tisha B’Av – An important fast day commemorating the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE. CJC participates with other local Reconstructionist congregations to commemorate Tisha B’Av.
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