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

 


Calendar for 2017-18

Rosh Hashanah – Thurs.  Sept. 21, 2017. 10:00 am
Program: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 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 14
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Yom Kippur – Fri. Sept. 29, 2017
Program: Friday, September 29, 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 – Saturday, September 30, 2017. 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 Wednesday, September 27th
Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Sukkot – Sunday. Oct. 15, 2017. 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 required by Thursday, Oct. 12. Call Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or pegfishman@gmail.com.

Shabbat/Chanukah– Fri. Dec. 15, 2017

Shabbat/Tu Bishvat– Fri. Jan. 26, 2018

Shabbat/Purim – Fri. March 2, 2018

Passover Seder. Friday, April 1, 2018
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.