Simcha Torah

The Torah has 54 portions (parshiyot) and is read all the way through each year. Simcha Torah celebrates the ending of D’vareem and immediately begins with the book of Bereshit. Chocolates and flags are enjoyed by young and old and our sacred Torah- a blueprint for how to connect with God and humanity – is celebrated.

Tu B’shvat
Tu B’shvat, known as the new year for trees, gets it’s name from the 15th day of the month (Shevat) when it is celebrated. On this day, the ages of all trees are calculated – this was done historically, for tithing purposes. Now, it has become a “Jewish Environmental Awareness Day”.

Passover/ Pesach

Celebrating our exodus from Egypt – Passover begins on the 15th day of Nisan. At JCOH we gather for a community Seder on the second night, in our main sanctuary (removing the pews and replacing them with tables). At the Passover Seder we relive our people’s journey from slavery to freedom and celebrate liberation and the meaning of physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.

Yom Ha Shoah, Yom HaZikaron, + Yom HaAtzmaut

Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the 6 million Jews as well as other victims whose lives were cut short. Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) reminds us that Judaism is an ever expanding living entity. Both of these holidays were established after the establishment of the State of Israel. On Yom HaZikaron, at our Religious School we commemorate the Israeli soldiers who have lost their lives and then celebrate our beloved Israel with a falafel dinner, Israeli music and dance.

Mitzvah Day 2017 9:45am

Please join us for the JCOH Ninth Annual Mitzvah Day community event.

Breakfast will be served at 9:45am followed by a special Gates of Jewish Learning ceremony for Mitzvah Day. We will all gather at noon on our patio for a BBQ sponsored by the JCOH!

We invite you to choose from the following activities:
■ Share the Harvest (55 Long Ln, East Hampton)
■ Burial of Siddurim
■ Baking for The Retreat
■ Decorate and Plant flowering Kippot
■ Paint stone markers
■ Clean and Pack up
■ Collect quarters for Laundry Love

Memorial Ceremony 10:30am

We will honor the brave men and women of the armed forces of the United States of America who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
On Sunday, May 28th we will join together at our cemetery, Shaarey Pardes Accabonac Grove, 306 Old Stone Highway, East Hampton, with members of the American Legion Post 419, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 550.
Our ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30am and will include taps and presentation of a 21 gun salute.

Shavuot

49 Days after Passover we celebrate the giving of the Torah. Originally an agricultural holiday, the first fruits were traditionally brought to the Temple. Biblically this is a celebration of the meeting of God with the Israelites, and the receiving of the Ten Commandments. Together we relive standing at Mount Sinai, and receiving anew God’s precious gift of Torah. We read the commandments and, play special music, and enjoy a special dairy meal of blintzes, cheeses and cheesecake.