Holidays at Shir Tikva

Holidays are special at Shir Tikva, with services that befit the solemnity or festivity of the holiday. We invite you to join us as each holiday is observed or celebrated with traditions that reflect the vibrant and welcoming character of our congregation. Holiday services are filled with spiritual meaning, and are often followed by a festive holiday oneg (joyful social gathering). 

Our religious school, youth community and adult education programs offer classes throughout the year which complement our holiday services and teach us deeper meaning. Holidays at Shir Tikva are further enhanced by the many events planned by Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Reyim, Famiy Connections and the Social Action Committee.

We welcome the New Year with a tone of joy, reflection, optimism and community.

On the Saturday night preceding Rosh HaShanah, we come together for Selichot -- preparing our hearts and minds for the days of awe.  Selichot is a late‑night...

The transformative meanings of Yom Kippur unfold over a full day of immersion as we observe the "Day of Atonement" with fasting, prayer and repentance.

Two Kol Nidrei services are offered on Erev Yom Kippur. The family service (designed...

Each Sukkot we give thanks for the fall harvest and commemorate 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. The men of the Temple Shir Tikva Brotherhood build a wonderful sukkah that is decorated by our Shir Tikva religious school...

Simchat Torah is the time when we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. At this joyous festival, we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study. During the...

Each winter we celebrate Chanukah, the eight-day commemoration of the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. We gather at the Friday night Simchat  Shabbat service to raise our voices in song. Families bring their menorahs...

Tu BiShvat, the "New Year of the Trees," is Jewish Arbor Day. Scholars believe that Tu BiShvat was originally an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. After the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.C.E., this holiday was a way for...

Purim is a time for community-wide celebration at Shir Tikva as we enjoy a rousing reading of the Megillah, recounting the story of Esther. Congregants of all ages don whimsical costumes to prepare for an evening of mirth, music and mishegas. Our...

Passover is the Jewish spring festival commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. On Yom Tov morning we gather to celebrate freedom with prayer and song.

Our music-filled Friday evening Simchat Shabbat service is followed by...

The Shir Tikva Yom Tov service celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. The whole family enjoys hearing the Ten Commandments as they are chanted from the Torah. We also share Yizkor memorial services together.

Shavuot is the time...

Tisha B’Av is a spiritual and contemplative commemoration of exile and loss. Together we chant from the book of Lamentations and mark the occasion with study and reflection.