Holidays and Festivals

Special services and activities are conducted for religious holidays and festivals. These include:

Selichot

This service, which ushers in the High Holy Days, includes a special Oneg, then a study session and worship service.

Read about High Holy Day Services here

Sukkot

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Sukkot is celebrated for eight days. Our community comes together to build and decorate the Synagogue’s Sukkah where members enjoy festival meals throughout the holiday. The congregational family comes together for a Dairy Potluck festival meal just prior to our service on Erev Sukkot. Festival Shacharit Services are held on the first two and last two mornings of Sukkot. Yizkor is observed during the morning service on the 8th day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret morning service).

Simchat Torah

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Sisterhood and Brotherhood host a deli dinner, followed by Simchat Torah Services. During Simchat Torah services, everyone has an opportunity to dance with the Torah.

Chanukah

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Our Beth Shalom family comes together to celebrate Shabbanukkah on the Shabbat during Chanukah for a very special Chanukah Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat Service.

Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’shvat observances vary from year to year, but are always an opportunity for planting trees and for Jewish education of environmental concerns.

Purim

Our congregation celebrates Purim with the traditional wearing of costumes and with a Dairy Potluck family dinner and party, followed by a Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel.

Passover

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Passover is observed at Beth Shalom with a congregational Seder on the second night. Festival Shacharit Services are held on the first two and last two mornings of Passover. Yizkor is observed on the eighth day of Passover during the Festival Shacharit Service. 

Yom HaShoah

Beth Shalom Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge join together annually to observe Yom HaShoah. Typically, the location for our Baton Rouge community’s Yom HaShoah observance alternates yearly between each of the synagogues. For more than a decade, the Advocate newspaper has sponsored an essay contest for local students. The winners of the essay contest are recognized during the service and their essays are published in The Advocate. The interfaith community is invited to and participates in our Yom HaShoah observance.

Yom Ha’atzma’ut

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Our synagogue’s founders’ strong sense of Zionism has resulted in our observance of Yom Ha’Atzma-ut (Israel’s Independence Day) with a variety of celebrations.

Counting of the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot/Lag Ba-Omer

The Omer is counted during services between Pesach and Shavuot. It is customary to study Pirkei Avot during the seven weeks of the Omer counting.

Shavuot & Yizkor Services

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Shavuot is observed for two days at Beth Shalom, with Festival Shacharit Services held each morning, and Yizkor observed during the morning service of the 2nd day. On Erev Shavuot, the Festival Evening Service, which is led by our 10th grade confirmation class students, is also a celebration of these students’ Confirmation. Tikkun Leyl Shavuot is the late night study session that begins after the Shavuot evening service. 

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av is observed with a study session followed by the chanting of the Lamentations during the worship service. Please visit our calendar page for the current and complete list of service times.