Holidays

Tu B'Shevat

Tu B’Shevat: Happy New Year Trees! February 11, 2017
(15 Shevat 5777)

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land…

Purim Misloach Manot Beth David Synagogue Greensboro NC

Purim March 12, 2017
(14 Adar 5777)

The story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther. The heroes of the story are Esther, a beautiful young Jewish woman living in Persia, and her cousin Mordecai, who raised her as…

Matzah and wine for Passover

Celebrate Passover at Beth David April 11 - 18, 2017
(15 - 22 Nisan 5777)

Passover celebrates God liberating the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and is probably the single most theologically important holiday in the Jewish calendar. The holiday lasts eight days, though some communities may observe for seven days.

Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikron

Yom HaShoah – Yom HaZikaron: Days of Rememberance April 24 - May 1, 2017
(28 Nisan - 5 Iyyar 5777)

Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, this holiday occurs on the 27th of Nisan. “Shoah” is the Hebrew word for Holocaust and this day commemorates all who died in the Holocaust. Yom HaZikaron,…

yom-haatzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut May 2, 2017
(6 Iyyar 5777)

Israel’s Independence Day is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Iyar, which is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the “provisional government” read…

Lag B'Omer

Lag B’Omer May 14, 2017
(18 Iyyar 5777)

The Omer is counted for 49 days between the end of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. The counting is intended to remind us of the link between Passover, which commemorates the Exodus, and Shavuot,…

Shavuot

Shavuot May 31 - June 1, 2017
(6 - 7 Sivan 5777)

Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is the second of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Passover and Sukkot). Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits…

Tisha B'av

Tisha B’Av July 31 - August 1, 2017
(8 - 9 Av 5777)

Tisha B’Av, the Fast of the Ninth of Av, is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on the ninth of Av….

Celebrate Rosh Hashana with apples and honey at Beth David

Celebrate Rosh Hashana at Beth David September 20 - 22, 2017
(29 Elul 5777 - 2 Tishri 5778)

Rosh Hashana is observed on September 21-22 (1-2 Tishrei 5778) Rosh Hashana occurs on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first…

open ark

Yom Kippur Observance at Beth David September 30, 2017
(10 Tishri 5778)

Yom Kippur is observed on September 30, 2017 ( 10 Tishrei 5777) Yom Kippur, a fast day of prayer and collective confession, is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th…

Lulav and etrog for sukkot Beth David Synagogue Greensboro NC

Celebrate Sukkot at Beth David October 4 - 11, 2017
(14 - 21 Tishri 5778)

The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is a transition from one of the most solemn holidays in the Jewish year to one of the most joyous….

Shemeni Atzeret

Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah October 12 - 14, 2017
(22 - 24 Tishri 5778)

God adds a special day at the end of Sukkot. It’s called Shemeni Atzeret, literally the “Eighth Day of Assembly”. It is a day of great intimacy with our Creator, as He asks His Jewish…