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Festivals and Holidays

Our connection to the Jewish calendar forges our Jewish identity as individuals and as a community. Every significant date on the calendar – form Shabbat to our three major Festivals, from the High Holy Days to the “minor” festivals of Chanukah and Purim, from Fast Days to holidays celebrating Israel – is marked, remembered and celebrated in the OJC community. Whether we are commemorating Kristalnacht or studying until sunrise on Shavuot, dancing on Yom Ha’Atzmaut with the Israeli flag or dancing in the sukkah with lulav and etrog in hand, celebrating a communal Seder or laughing at a Purimspiel, the rhythm of Jewish life is modeled for all to see, to grab hold, and to imitate at home.


College Students Away From Home?                              


Over 500 synagogues from all denominations are opening their doors in the United States and abroad at no charge to college students, from affiliated and unaffiliated families, for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur.  If your child will not be home from college; if the families of your nieces, nephews, and grandchildren don't belong to a synagogue; if you think your friends' children might be interested, then please direct them to  By entering the name of a state, city, or zip code, they can find participating synagogues, view their webpages and other pertinent information.  All we ask is that they call beforehand and bring college ID.


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