Jewish Center & Federation
of the Twin Tiers
Elmira - Corning - Watkins Glen - Waverly - Sayre
Relearn the Jewish holidays in 2018

For many of us who grew up Jewish, what we know about the Jewish holidays is what we learned before we reached age 13, the Age of Mitzvah.

There’s more! Starting in January, I’ll offer a series of classes on Sunday mornings that revisit the holidays in more depth, including mystical lore, the actual sources that tell us what to do, and new forms of observance.

These sessions will focus on the so-called minor holidays: the chagim (pilgrimage festivals)  specified in the Torah, other holidays added by the ancient rabbis, and those that have come into existence recently. The structure will be based on a teaching by the Sfat Emet that each holiday has a partner in another holiday to which it is somehow related. The schedule:

  • January 7—Sukkot
  • January 28—Hanukkah
  • February 11—Shavuot
  • March 4—Purim
  • March 11—Passover
  • March 25—Yom Ha-Atzma’ut, Yom Hashoah, Tisha b’Av.

Classes will meet at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

—Paul Solyn