High Holidays

We warmly welcome all to join us for the High Holidays at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley. Our High Holiday services, activities, meals, meditations, and gatherings are designed to fit the diverse spiritual needs of our congregants and guests.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at templeemanuel@hvc.rr.com or call us at 845-338.4271. Check our Info section for resources, a glossary, FAQ, and other fun and beneficial information. We make an effort to create inclusive information, so if you find anything any confusing or inaccessible, please contact CEHVwebmaster@gmail.com.

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Shofar-5778-main-image

Rosh Hashana רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayerful contemplation, self-examination, and repentance known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days). Customs include pomegranates and the act of Tashlict, which is a beloved ritual in our community.

rosh Hashanah
rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur יוֹם כִּיפּוּר

Yom Kippur is the Jewish "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance. We seek reconciliation with the source and all those we have wronged or have wronged us.

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sukkah-dawnstarstudios-

Sukkot סֻכּוֹת

Sukkot, the Harvest Festival, is the only festival with an explicit commandment to rejoice. We erect a sukkah, a temporary hut, in our garden during the seven-day festival for song, prayer, eating, and welcoming our greater community. 

Watercolor Digital Painting Of   Juicy Pomegranate
Watercolor Digital Painting Of   Juicy Pomegranate

Rituals, Traditions, Recipes, & More

Regardless of your Jewish Journey, we invite all to learn, rejoice, and join with us during the Days of Awe. We have a collection of teachings, literature, information, resources, a glossary of terms, recipes, and activities for all ages we welcome you to explore. 

simchat torah
simchat torah

Simchat Torah שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה

Simchat Torah is a fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah and affirm Torah as one of the pillars on which we build our lives. As part of the celebration, our Torahs are danced around the synagogue seven times.

Sharing hope: hands filled with light. digital hand drawn picture with watercolour texture. mixed media artwork.
Sharing hope: hands filled with light. digital hand drawn picture with watercolour texture. mixed media artwork.

Shabbat Shuvah שבת שובה & Erev Selichot

Shabbat Shuvah is the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On Erev Selichot, we study forgiveness (selichot) through an exploration of Talmud, short story, and poetry.

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