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Simchat Torah

The Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah celebrates the end of the annual cycle of public Torah readings. As part of the celebration, the last chapter of Deuteronomy is read, followed by the first chapter of Genesis. Simchat Torah is also marked by dancing and drinking. This year Simchat Torah begins on October 4th and lasts until October 6th.

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National Fire Prevention Week is Oct 4th-10th

National Fire Prevention Week was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This calamity occurred on October 9th. Consequently, this week-long observance always takes place during the week in which October 9th falls. This year, National Fire Prevention Week is October 4th-October 10th. This year’s theme is: “Hear the Beep where you Sleep.”

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Sukkot, also known as the “Feast of the Tabernacles” is a week-long celebration that follows the solemn holiday of Yom Kippur. Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Because Sukkot is also associated with the fall harvest, it is also known as the “Festival of Ingathering.” This year, Sukkot begins on September 27th and lasts until October 4th.

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Yom Kippur is coming

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is considered the most sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is observed by fasting, prayer and repentance. This year Yom Kippur begins at night fall on September 22nd and ends on September 23rd.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th – October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th through October 15th. During this period “America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.” (Source: U.S. Newswire)

Rosh Hashanah is coming

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins today at sunset. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”. Unlike the secular New Year’s Day celebration on January 1st, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. This year Rosh Hashanah is celebrated from September 13th through September 15th.

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah and find ideas for observing this holiday on our page of links.