Holidays and festivals are celebrated at Temple Beth Sholom through services and appropriate observances.

Rosh Hashanah refers to the celebration of the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur is the "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. This is considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. High Holiday information is available through the synagogue office. 

Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. The Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club constructs a sukkah each year, and all of the Temple Beth Sholom schools have their students make decorations and share a snack inside.

Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Congregants dance with the Torah scrolls and we celebrate the consecration of our third grade students as they continue their lifelong journey in Jewish learning. The children receive their own prayer book from Temple Beth Sholom along with a Certificate of Consecration. We hope the entire Temple Beth Sholom family will come out to honor and welcome our young Jewish learners.

Hanukkah refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. At Temple Beth Sholom, we light the beautiful, large Hanukkah menorah outside of the Goldie Feldman Academy. Celebrations with latkes, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), special songs and games take place at all of the Temple Beth Sholom schools.

Tu B’Shevat is the holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. Tu B'Shevat has long been a Jewish tradition, for Jews have always honored trees and appreciated the food, shade and shelter they provide. All of the TBS schools have their students participate in special programs.

Celebrate Purim with a Purim Shpiel led by Temple Beth Sholom volunteers and a full traditional reading of the Megillah. Fun for the entire family!

Passover is a spring holiday, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. Temple Beth Sholom hosts a Seder for its members and their families on the second night of Passover which is interactive and led by our clergy.

Shavuot refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Confirmation of our tenth grade students takes place on this holiday and each student "confirms" a commitment to Judaism and to Jewish life.


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1050 South Tuttle Avenue
Sarasota, FL  34237
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