Samson Raphael Hirsch once said that “the Jewish calendar is the Jewish catechism,” – that it is the most cohesive summation of who we are, what we remember, and where we’re going. At Temple Emek Shalom, the holidays that hold the calendar together come to life: from the powerful and moving experience of the High Holy Days, to the array of classes and discussion (and espresso milkshakes) available during our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot night of learning – we invite you to spend the holidays with us.
We have a particular focus on intergenerational celebrations where the kids from our Shul School, families, and adults of all ages come together to learn, eat, dance, sing, pray, and create. Sometimes this happens all together and sometimes in “parallel play” configurations – where different kinds of programs are going on throughout the synagogue and we come together for a festive seudah (meal) before or after. There have been wonderful examples of this on Purim, Hanukkah, and Passover.