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Festivals

Holiday Festivals

Holidays at Temple Kol Ami are lively occasions with tradition and music.

After the High Holidays we live under the stars in our sukkahs, then we come together to celebrate with the Torah. Next is one of the most anticipated Shabbats of the year with Shabbanukkah. We honor the trees for Tu Bishvat and laugh for Purim with our schpiels, we remember our history for Passover and we receive the Torah at Mt. Sinai for Shavuot. 

Rosh HaShanah  September 25th 2022

Beginning of the Jewish New Year with sweetness and beginning the 10 days of awe in self reflection. Customs include: a round challah, we are commanded to hear the shofar, and eat apples and honey.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur October 4th 2022

The Day of Atonement where we fast, pray, and repent for our sins and start the year with a fresh new perspective.

SukkotOctober 9th-16th 2022

Festival of Booths and giving thanks for the Fall harvest. Customs include: eating outside in the sukkah, shaking the lulav and etrog.

Simchat Torah & Shemini Azteret  October 16th-17th 2022

We begin the celebration with a  Torah reading and the TKA band and beginning the Torah cycle anew. Shemini Atzeret has Festival Yizkor service remembering those loved ones who have passed and asking for rain in Israel.

HanukkahSunday December 18th - 25th 2022

Hanukkah is the festival of lights for 8 days. We remember the Hanukkah (the dedication) of the Temple with the oil lasting for 8 days. Customs include: Lighting a menorah or hanukkiah. TKA Shabbanukkah (Shabbat Hanukkah) playing dreidel, eating gelt, sufganiyot, and latkes!

Tu Bishvat Sunday February 6th 2023

Jewish Arbor Day, Tu Bishvat (the fifteenth of Sh’vat) is the festival of trees. Customs include: planting trees and having a special seder.

PurimWednesday March 16th 2022

Purim is celebrated by reading and telling the megillah (Story of Esther). We celebrate the survival of the Jewish people from Haman. Customs include: Eating Hamantaschen, groggers, shpielen, and Shalach Mones (Mishloach Manot).

Pesach Friday April 15th - 22nd 2022

April 15th, first night seder & Pesach Yizkor service  22nd

Pesach (Passover) celebrates the Exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. We tell the passover story with a seder and a festive meal. Customs include: Eating matzah and no leavened bread, TKA Sisterhood seder April 4th, Religious School Passover Experience.

Yom HaShoahWednesday April 27th 2022

Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Customs include: Holding a special remembrance service and lighting a yahrzeit candle.

*TKA was one of the first congregations in metro-Detorit to observe Holocaust Remembrance services on Yom Hashoah

Yom Ha’atzmaut Thursday May 5th 2022

Israeli Independence day. We celebrate the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.  Customs include: all things Israeli.

Shavuot Saturday June 4th 2022

At the conclusion of the counting of the Omer we celebrate receiving the Torah from Mount Sinai to the Jewish people. Customs include: TKA Affirmation ceremony, cheesecake and blintzes, and reading the Book of Ruth.

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