Holiday Services

The holidays of the Jewish calendar are meant to be observed and celebrated as part of a community. Rabbi Churgel and Chazzan Abramson conduct all our holiday services, often enhanced by additional musical accompaniment or the Sinai Singers. Most of our holiday services are conducted from creative service booklets, created by our clergy, which makes them particularly tailored to the mood and themes of the holiday.

The service schedule includes most of the holiday evening services and all the morning services. Some of our High Holiday services require membership and tickets, but many do not. Our Selichot evening includes a service, a dessert reception and a movie and discussion. At Rosh Hashanah we do Tashlich along with a picnic dinner at the beach. Yom Kippur afternoon includes a Healing Service, and Ne’ilah concludes with school students in a candlelight processional followed by a Break Fast open to the community. At Simchat Torah we also consecrate students who are beginning their journey of lifelong Jewish learning.

Yizkor is included during the services on Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret, Passover and Shavuot.

Many evening holiday services are followed by a congregational dinner. Children’s activities are offered towards the end of the meal.

Rabbi Churgel and Chazzan Abramson conduct a Seder on the first night of Passover that is open to the community.

Please check the temple calendar or contact the Temple office at 941.924.1802 to confirm the schedule of services for a specific holiday.