Festivals

Sukkot

Throughout the High Holy Days, TJM holds a food drive to benefit those in our community who are less fortunate than we.  The drive concludes on Erev Sukkot.  when our religious-school children present ceremonial baskets of donated food on the bimah, in remembrance of the way our ancestors provided the first fruits of their labors to God at the temple in Jerusalem.

Sukkah Decorating

Sukkot is celebrated with TJM’s Open Sukkah Table.  Adults and children alike decorate our congregation-sized followed by a potluck dinner.

 

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is a huge celebration at TJM as we dance with our Torah scrolls, unroll the entire Torah scroll and celebrate God’s presence in our midst.

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On the morning of Simchat Torah we gather for a worship service with Yizkor, followed by a pot-luck festival lunch.

 

Chanukah
The eight-day festival of Chanukah provides us with the opportunity to bring our families together by the light of the menorah.

On Shabbat Chanukah each year, we hold a special worship service for all ages, in which we hold Consecration for our newest students. Throughout the evening, we enjoy the music and the blessings of the season by the glow of the candles.

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Purim
There’s always something fun at TJM at Purim.  From homemade hamantaschen and a humorous shpiel relating the story of Queen Esther, Mordecai and Haman (boo!) to carnival celebrations, Purim is enjoyed by people of all ages.

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Passover
Passover features a Congregational Seder open to the Community.  We offer the opportunity for families who wish to sell their chametz for the week.

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On the first and seventh days of Passover we come together in the morning for festival worship.  On the morning of the seventh day of Pesach our worship service includes Yizkor, followed by a pot-luck festival lunch.

 

Shavuot
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On the morning of Shavuot we gather for a worship service with Yizkor, followed by a pot-luck festival lunch.