Har HaShem offers celebrations for Jewish holidays throughout the year. For additional resources and information on the Jewish holidays from the Union for Reform Judaism, click here.
Sukkot An annual Congregational Sukkot Celebration will take place on Wednesday, October 4th. Starting at 5:00PM, join in decorating the Sukkah and enjoying a picnic dinner (BYOD - Bring Your Own Dinner) in and around the Sukkah. A clergy-led service for all ages will begin at 6:30PM and take place in the Sukkah (weather-permitting). Come shake the lulav! On Thursday, October 5th at 9:00AM we will have a Sukkot morning service.
Simchat Torah Simchat Torah is a night of actual and symbolic new beginnings. It is when Jews celebrate the moment they accepted the Torah on Mount Sinai. The last verses of the Torah are chanted, followed immediately with the first few verses of Genesis, the creation of the universe. The tradition can inspire people to find their own new beginnings. During the service, the entire Torah will be unrolled around the perimeter of the sanctuary, followed by dancing and celebrating. Service and dancing on Simchat Torah will be on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00PM. We will have a Simchat Torah service with Yizkor (memorial service) on Thursday, October 12th at 9:00AM.
Chanukah Chanukah in 2017 will start on Tuesday, the 12th of December and will continue for 8 nights until Wednesday, the 20th of December. Note that in the Jewish calander, a holiday begins at sunset. We will be having a Chanukah service on Friday, December 15 at 6:00pm. Please bring your own menorah and candles for our community candle-lighting.
Tu B'Shvat On Tuesday, Jan 30 at 7pm, we will hold A Conversation about Jewish Stewardship & Climate Change. Join Rabbi Greene and Greg Frost for a program and discussion about how to engage Tu B’shvat through an environmental lens. Greg is a scientist with expertise in atmospheric research, as well as our synagogue’s President-Elect. A special bonus will be a short video to launch our new relationship with an emerging Reform Jewish community in the Ramat Hanegev Region of Israel! Click here to RSVP.
Purim Purim at Congregation Har HaShem is Insane Fun! Purim will next occur on February 28, 2018! Festivities will include: Megillah chanting, a Purim Shpiel, a community Purim party, and Mishloach Manot for every Har HaShem household. The Purim ma'ariv service including megillah reading will begin at 6:30pm on TBD, and will be followed immediately by an ALL AGES shpiel. The Community Purim Party will be on Sunday, March 4 at the Boulder JCC.
Passover The first night of Passover will next be Friday, March 30, 2018. Friday evening services will begin at 5:00 pm to allow people to get to a seder. Passover morning services will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 10:15am and Friday, April 6 at 10:15 am. The service on April 6 will include Yizkor.
Shavuot The community-wide Tikkun Leyl Shavuout put on by Haver, Boulder's Rabbinic Council, will take place Saturday night through Sunday dawn, May 19-20.