Holidays and Festivals
Celebrations Through the Year
The Jewish calendar has a festival or holiday for every season. Please join us as we celebrate with prayer, song, dancing, and food–and whatever else is called for by a particular day.
We rely on volunteer and financial support from all to ensure the strength of our synagogue community. We hope that even as you join us, you will support us either financially or by volunteering (or both!) so that we can continue to celebrate Judaism in Southern Maine.
Our family-friendly Hanukkah celebration will be held this year on Friday, December 27. Bring your own menorah and candles and join us to celebrate the miracle of God’s light. “Light Up the Night” also features potato latkes–of course!
We also have a holiday sale in our gift shop. This year, it is Sunday, December 8, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We will have holiday supplies, sale items, candles of all kinds, jewelry, decorations.
We celebrate Tu BiSh’vat, literally “the New Year of the Trees,” with a family seder, potluck dinner, and service. It is still winter in Maine, but all the more reason to anticipate the fruits from our friends the trees.
Our lively and exciting Purim spiel, carnival, and Megillah reading is fun for all ages. Get dressed up in costume, say “booooo!” to Haman, and enjoy fun games.
We are also proud of our fun Purim for Grown-ups party. We decorate the sanctuary, enjoy festive cocktails and mocktails, read the Megillah, and have a dessert contest. Bring your best Hamentashen for the win.
Our Second Night Passover Seder is one of the biggest events of the year. We load tables up with games and Haggadot, and Rabbi Saks leads a service rich with familiar traditions, new ideas, and song. We provide a simple catered dinner and make the event affordable for everyone.
Shavuot carries a double meaning: it marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel and it commemorates the day we received Torah from God at Mt. Sinai.
We also celebrate Confirmation, our 10th graders’ opportunity to affirm their commitment to Judaism and the Jewish community.