Rosh HashanaH

The Jewish New Year

We observe two days of Rosh Hashanah. This year it falls Wednesday evening, September 20 through sunset Friday, September 22, 2017. 

For detailed information about our Rosh Hashana services and events click HERE.


Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement

Friday evening, September 29 through Saturday night,  September 30, 2017

For detailed information about our Yom Kippur services and events click HERE.


Sukkot

The fall harvest festival

Wednesday evening, October 4 through sunset Thursday, October 5, 2017

Join us to shake the lulav and smell the fragrant etrog, symbols of growth and community. Enjoy the temple Sukkah--help decorate it and share a meal under the leafy roof. Take a moment of gratitude for the blessings of your life.

Sukkot Kulanu Yachad and potluck dinner Wednesday, October 4, 4:30-7pm. Sukkot service Thursday, October 5, 10am-12:30pm


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Simchat Torah

Celebration of the Joys of Torah

Simchat Torah Kulanu Yachad: We will dance with the Torah scrolls on Thursday evening, October 12, 2017, 6:30-8pm, followed by a morning service Friday, October 13, 2017, 10am-12:30pm. Everyone in the congregation comes to unfurl the entire scroll around the sanctuary, and receive a blessing from the rabbi based on the verses you are holding. We dance with the scrolls outside and end with a festive auction of the pumpkins on the bimah.


Hanukkah

The Festival of Lights

First candle, Tuesday night, December 12, 2017. Eighth candle, Tuesday night, December 19, 2017.

Hanukkah Havdalah Kulanu Yachad Saturday, December 16, 5:30-7:30pm.


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Tu B'shvat

Birthday of the Trees, January 30-31, 2018.

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 of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. We mark the 15th of Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.


Purim

The holiday of turning everything upside-down, with story, song, masks and costumes, sharing hamantashen (filled pastries) and gifts to the poor.

Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018
Purim is fun at HBT. We'll hear the Megillah, the story of Esther, Mordechai, the foolish king Ahasuerus and his henchman Haman, and drown out Haman's name with noisemakers. Megillah reading for families and children during Hebrew School, and adult-themed Megillah reading in the evening. Plus our annual Purim carnival on Sunday, March 4. Stay tuned for this year's theme!

Chaverim School Megillah reading: February 28, 2018, 5-6pm
Adult Megillah reading: February 28, 2018, 7-8:30pm


PESACH/Passover

The Feast of Freedom

First seder, Friday night March 30, 2018

Those observing 8 days of Pesach end Saturday night, April 7. Those observing 7 days end Friday night, April 6. In place of a community seder, we match people up to enjoy seder in members' homes.

Pesach Kulanu Yachad: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9:45am-12:15pm

Children's seder on the second night, Saturday, March 31, 2017, 5pm

Pesach Service: Saturday, April 7, 10am-12:30pm (with Yizkor at 11am)


Yom Ha'atzma'ut

Israel Independence Day, April 18-19, 2018

We celebrate Israel’s independence on Yom Ha’Atzmaut. It commemorates when David Ben-Gurion, who was Israel’s first prime minister, publicly read the Israel’s Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. According to the Jewish calendar, this was the fifth day of Iyar, the eighth month of the civil year, in the year 5708.


Yom Hashoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day falls one week after Passover ends.

The evening of April 11 through sunset April 12, 2018.
Light your candle Sunday night after sunset. To order your candle contact the office: 617-323-0486 or hbtoffice@templehbt.org.

We hold a special evening service each year with a speaker or program. Film screening of "Denial" Wednesday, April 11, 7:30pm.


Shavuot

Festival of Receiving Torah, May 19-20, 2018

The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai on Shavuot more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.