Jewish Holidays

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 Pot Luck 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.

Tu B’Shevat  The Jewish “New Year of the Trees,” celebrated with observances that connect us to our environment and the natural world.

Purim  A day celebrating the saving of the Jews from a diabolical plot of destruction, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

Passover  A festival of freedom that marks the Hebrew exodus from Egypt long ago. CJC hosts a 2nd night community Passover Seder.

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  The celebration of the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, also known as the Festival of First Fruits.

Tisha B’Av  An important fast day commemorating the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.