Fall Holiday Celebrations

In addition to traditional services on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, Beth Israel offers many opportunities to celebrate and get to know each other during the fall holidays:


S'lichot Program & Service - Saturday, September 1
View and discuss Freaks Like Me, a short film that captures a conversation between students of religion and their teacher, Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield. It raises core questions about the purpose of religion and what it means to be a religious person in a pluralistic society. Then join our musical and reflective S’lichot service (at 11:15pm), featuring traditional and modern poems and songs through the customary midnight hour. Our S'lichot service reflects the joyful and spirited singing that we engage in on Shabbat mornings and during the High Holy Days. 

MOUSY Rosh Hashana Gift Bags - Sunday, September 9
MOUSY joins other high school youth groups, in conjunction with Jewish Social Services, in the mitzvah of putting together and delivering Rosh Hashana gift bags to Jewish seniors. Meet at the home of the Mirra Blehert.

Tashlikh Nosh – Monday, September 10
Beginning at 4:00pm, enjoy a nosh sponsored by our Membership Committee, and symbolically toss your sins into natural waters (Lake Wingra at Vilas Beach) during the Tashlikh service.

Shabbat Shuvah Meditation Mini-Retreat - Saturday, September 15
Come to Beth Israel Center on the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for an afternoon of meditation, chanting and teachings. Reservations are not necessary. Email merchavlev@gmail.com for more information.

Yom Kippur Break Fast - Wednesday, September 19
Sponsored by the Board of Directors, our annual break fast begins after the final shofar (7:50pm)

Lucky Start - Wednesday, September 19
After breaking the Yom Kippur fast, around 9:00pm, young adults are invited to meet up with each other and Rabbi Betsy Forester at Lucky's 1313, just a few blocks from Beth Israel Center. Give your new, clean slates a lucky start! The first round of beer and soft drinks is on us. If you think you're a young adult, this gathering is for you!

Yom Rishon - Sunday, September 23
Our popular program for preschoolers and their grownups kicks off the year with a Sukkot theme. Join Education Director Beth Copelovitch for and engaging hour of singing, stories, age-appropriate activities and a chance to socialize with other families of preschoolers. Yom Rishon is offered about once a month during the school year. 10:00-11:15am

Share the Spirit of Sukkot beginning Sunday, September 23
Invite friends to eat, drink and visit in your sukkah. Not building one this year? Meet up in the BIC sukkah. Want to meet someone new? Contact the office, and we'll gladly offer suggestions.

Progressive Sukkot Dinner – Tuesday, September 25
Starting at 4:00 in a sukkah near BIC, and progressing within walking distance through dessert.

Wine & Cheese in a Sukkah - Thursday, September 27
Starting at 7:00pm, nosh and schmooze with Rabbi Forester in Jen & Craig Hadley’s sukkah at Arboretum Cohousing, 1137 Erin Street.

Shabbat-Sukkot Seudah Shlishit - Saturday, September 29
Beginning at 5:30pm, join Rabbi Betsy Forester for seudah shlishit (third Shabbat meal) in the Beth Israel Center sukkah. 

East Side Sukkah Hop – Sunday, September 30
The tenth annual East Side Sukkah Hop is hosted by members of Beth Israel and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.

Simchat Torah Party – Thursday evening, October 1
Deli Dinner at 5:30 (RSVPs required)
Program, Services & Hakafot at 6:00 - Come one, come all!
Starting around 6:00, we will unroll and explore the inside of a Sefer Torah, from end to end, then dance with the Torah! All are welcome.
RSVPs required for dinner, but not for dancing!