Rosh HashanaH

The Jewish New Year

We observe two days of Rosh Hashanah.  Sunday evening, September 9,(Erev Rosh Hashanah service) and Rosh Hashanah services on Monday & Tuesday, September 10 and 11.

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


Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement

Tuesday evening, September 18, Kol Nidre Wednesday, September 19, 2018. With Yizkor at 5:00pm.

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


Sukkot

The fall harvest festival

Sukkot serviceTuesday, September 25

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.


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Simchat Torah

Celebration of the Joys of Torah

Simchat Torah Kulanu Yachad: We will dance with the Torah scrolls on Sunday evening, September 30, 5:30 - 7:00pm. Shmini Atzeret morning service Monday, October 1, 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, Monday night, December 3. 2018. Eighth candle, Monday night, December 10, 2018.

Hanukkah Community dinner, Friday, December 7, 6:15-7:30pm.


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Tu B'shvat

Birthday of the Trees, January 20-21, 2019.

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.

Purim Kulanu Yachad - Sunday, March 17, 9:45 - 12:15pm
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 24. Stay tuned for this year's theme!

Chaverim School Megillah reading: March 20, 2019, 5-6pm
Adult Megillah reading: March 20, 2019, 7-8:30pm


PESACH/Passover

The Feast of Freedom

First seder, Friday night April 19

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.

Children's seder on the second night, Saturday, April 20, 5pm

Pesach Service: Saturday, April 27, 10am-12:30pm (with Yizkor)


Yom Ha'atzma'ut

Israel Independence Day

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.


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.


Shavuot

Festival of Receiving Torah, June 9 & 10, 2019

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.