Jewish Holidays

Our community celebrates the holidays in a secular manner emphasizing Jewish history and culture. Ceremonies reflect humanistic values and the belief that we are responsible for determining our own destiny.  Our interactive services are in English and we sing songs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.  Holiday readings encourage reflection and meditation.  And of course we eat!

Join us to experience truly meaningful holiday traditions!

Most holiday celebrations are held at The First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall),
21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Hts., OH 44122.

RSVP to Peg Fishman at 440-349-1330 or pegfishman@gmail.com. For more information regarding our guest policy, go to our Membership page.

Check out our Shabbat Programs page for information about Shabbat only events.

Man playing shoffar    Main playing violin

2018 Publicity Audio on Public Radio

 

 


Calendar for 2018-19

Rosh Hashanah – Sept. 10, 2018
Program: Monday, September 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. Please come early.
Light lunch after the service. Lunch is provided by the Jewish Secular Community.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Heights
Members: Free
Guests: A donation of $20 is expected. If paying by check, please make it payable to Jewish Secular Community. This fee can be credited towards a JSC membership.
RSVP: By September 8.
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Yom Kippur – Sept. 18, 2018
Program: Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts.
Click Here for Directions.
The Kol Nidre will be played at the Erev Yom Kippur program. Feel free to bring a personal reflection (poem, reading). Please keep it brief (two minutes or less) and non-theistic. There will be time to share memories about deceased loved ones.
Members: Free
Guests: A donation of $15 is expected. If paying by check, please make it payable to Jewish Secular Community. This fee can be credited towards a JSC membership.
RSVP: Not required

Break-the-Fast & Program – Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 4:00 pm.
Location: First Unitarian Church, Fellowship Hall, 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts.
Members: Free
Guests: For non-members, a customary donation of $20.00 is requested. If paying by check, please make it payable to Jewish Secular Community. This fee can be credited toward a JSC membership.
RSVP: By Sept. 17th
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Sukkot – Sunday. Sept. 23, 2018. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Home of Edie and Walker Todd, 1164 Sheerbrook Dr., Chagrin Falls, OH
The Schedule: 11:00 am, meet, mingle, and set out dishes for the buffet; 11:30, Sukkah building and decorating; 12:00, secular celebration of Sukkot; 12:30 pm, buffet lunch.
RSVP: By Sept 21.
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Shabbat/Chanukah– Fri. Dec. 7, 2018

Topic: “The Impact of Zero Tolerance Immigration Policies on Northeast Ohio Families
Speaker: Veronica Dahlberg, founder and executive director of the organization HOLA. HOLA is a grassroots Latino organization based in NE Ohio focusing on community organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click Here for Directions.
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or click here to RSVP

Shabbat/Tu Bishvat– Fri. Jan. 18, 2019, 6:30 pm

Daniel Brown

Topic: “Feed People, Not Landfills”
Speaker: Daniel Brown, Co-Founder, Rust Belt Riders
Over 40% of all food in the United States ends up in landfills. Rust Belt Riders works to provide people and organizations with alternative. We avoid harmful greenhouse gas emissions, create soil, and support local food systems.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click Here for Directions.
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

 

Shabbat/Purim – Fri. March 22, 2019
We celebrate Purim with the reading of the megillah including noise makers. We also eat hamentashen. This is followed by the usual shabbat speaker or entertainment

Passover Seder. Sunday, April 21, 2019
Mix and Mingle 5:30 p.m. Seder starts 6:00 pm
Location: First Unitarian Church, Fellowship Hall, 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts

There is a $20 adult guest fee for this event. Guest fees for this event and Shabbat programs during this season may be applied towards membership dues.*

 

*For more information regarding membership and guest fees, click here to to go our Membership page.