The Mandell JCC hosts a variety of holiday events. Following are explanations of some major holidays observed by Jews:
SPRING HOLIDAYS - 2013
Tu B'Shevat - January 26
On Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar, we celebrate the New Year of the Trees, rejoicing in the fruit of the tree and the fruit of the vine. Tu B'Shevat marks the beginning of spring in Israel.
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Purim - February 24
The Feast of Esther, Jewish day of merrymaking marking the defeat of Persian tyrant Haman. More about Purim>>
Passover - March 26-April 2
The Hebrew month of Nisan ushers in springtime as Passover recalls the deliverance of Jews from Egyptian slavery. Thus, Passover celebrates liberation and religious freedom as it draws families and friends together to reflect upon their meaningful, free existence. The intricate ritual of the Seder is explained in the Haggadah. Matzoh and other special foods are eaten at the meal. Passover in Israel>>
Yom Hashoah - April 7
Holocaust Memorial Day includes rituals, liturgy, and customs that commemorate the tragedy that befell the Jewish people during World War II and expresses the hope that such a calamity will never happen again.
Yom Hazikaron - April 15
Israel Memorial Day remembers the soldiers who gave their lives for Israel's independence. More about Yom Hazikaron>>
Yom Ha'atzmaut - April 16
Israel Independence Day celebrates the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. It is celebrated with military parades, concerts, speeches, and outdoor festivities.
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Shavuot - May 15 & 16
Shavuot means "weeks," signifying that this festival is celebrated seven weeks after Passover. This major holiday celebrates the sacred moment on Mount Sinai when Moses received the Torah with the Commandments from G-d. Feasting is a part of Shavuot, and dairy foods are favored. More about Shavuot>>
Tisha B'Av - July 16
Tisha B'Av falls on the 9th day of the month of Av. It's a day of mourning for the desctruction of the first and second temples and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people.
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