HIGH HOLIDAYS AT ADAS EMUNO
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are often referred to as the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah is the New Year of the Jewish calendar, and it marks the beginning of a ten-day period of reflection and introspection concluding with Yom Kippur . Adas Emuno celebrates Rosh Hashanah with a variety of services. An evening service marking Erev Rosh Hashanah welcomes the holiday, and a morning service follows on the first day of Rosh Hashanah . Our younger members and their families worship with a special and meaningful Family Service , which follows the regular morning service. The second day of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated (weather permitting) with a Tashlich service and potluck picnic at the Englewood Boat Basin. During Tashlich , we cast crumbs into the Hudson River and symbolically start the year afresh.
Yom Kippur services begin with the Kol Nidre evening service. In recent years, we have been fortunate to have Fran Rowell, cellist, and Beth Robin, pianist, two wonderful and accomplished musicians, offering the Bruch Kol Nidre during our service. The services continue with morning services, a Family Service, afternoon, and concluding services on the Day of Atonement. Yizkoris included in our afternoon service. Congregation Adas Emuno is a true community and we conclude the Day of Atonement with a Congregational Break Fast.
Our Family Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are open to the community and do not require tickets of admission. Admission to all other high holiday services is by ticket only. Members in good standing receive tickets in the mail. Tickets to all other services are available for purchase by members who wish to bring their extended family members and by the unaffiliated in the surrounding community. If you are interested in purchasing High Holiday tickets contact the synagogue by telephone or e-mail.
SUKKOT AND SIMCHAT TORAH
Sukkot and Simchat Torah are joyously celebrated at Adas Emuno. A potluck dinner precedes our Erev Sukkot service. We build our own sukkah each year, and on occasion, a family can not only eat in our sukkah but, can opt to spend an evening under the stars. Our Religious School students decorate our sukkah prior to the holiday.
Simchat Torah is welcomed with dancing, singing and rejoicing with the torah and welcoming our new Religious School students with a consecration service. We have hosted a band on Simchat Torah in years past. Please check the temple calendar or contact us to see what we have planned this year!
Hanukkah: Congregation Adas Emuno is the host site for the Leonia Community Outdoor Menorah lighting, followed by a Hanukkah service and celebration. During this service, our congregants share in the joy of the Festival of Lights by bringing their own chanukkiot (Chanukah menorahs) and candles to light as a group in our social hall. Check the Adas Emuno calendar for the date of this year’s Community Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Service.
Our Religious School students also enjoy a Hanukkah party each year where they enjoy delicious homemade latkes and other holiday treats provided by our parent volunteers.
The joyous holiday of Tu B’ Shevat ) , the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat , (also known as the New Year of the Trees),has recently been celebrated with a Tu B’Shevat Service and dessert seder. Similar in format to the Passover seder, the Tu B’Shevat seder includes four glasses of wine, each with a different color, and includes the many varieties of fruits from the land of Israel. Check the Adas Emuno calendar for our next Tu B’Shevat celebration.
Purim is celebrated at Adas Emuno with a service including a reading from Megillat Esther (the scroll of Esther) and our AnnualPurim Spiel . Additionally, our parents provide a carnival for our Religious School students and their families to which the entire congregation is invited. Check the Adas Emuno calendar for our next Purim service and Purim Carnival.
Passover is the time where we celebrate the Jewish people’s redemption from Egyptian bondage. Recently, Congregation Adas Emuno participated with other area Reform synagogues in a Passover Festival morning service, including Yizkor, on the seventh day of Pesach. Check the Adas Emuno calendar to see where this year’s Passover morning service will be hosted.Other festival morning services may be scheduled as well.
The Religious School also offers special Passover activities for all students.
Adas Emuno has also offered a special program for Pesach by offering a Seder Match-up . Any congregant who does not have aseder to attend will be matched up with a temple family who would love to have guests at their seder. We are proud to say that we always have many guest spaces available and everybody wishing to join a seder is accommodated.
YOM HA'SHOAH (DAY OF REMEMBRANCE)
This day is also referred to as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Congregation Adas Emuno will be participating in the Yom Hashoah Community Service at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Tenafly, NJ. Please watch our temple’s website for more information.
YOM HA'ATZMA'UT (ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE DAY)
Yom Ha’atzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day) marks the founding of the State of Israel. We celebrate this holiday at the Shabbat Service during the week in which it falls.
At our Shabbat service celebrating Shavuot , we honor graduates of our Confirmation Class.