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:


Gefilte Fish Cooking Workshop - Sunday, September 8

Merchav HaLev Meditation Mini-Retreat - Saturday, September 14
Come to Beth Israel Center for a Shabbat afternoon of meditation, chanting and teachings. Reservations are not necessary. Email merchavlev@gmail.com for more information.

MOUSY Rosh Hashana Gift Bags - Sunday, September 15
MOUSY joins other high school youth groups, in conjunction with Jewish Social Services, in the mitzvah of assembling and delivering Rosh Hashana gift bags to Jewish seniors.

S'lichot Program & Service - Saturday, September 21
8:30pm Havdallah, Program, Dessert
11:30pm S’lichot Service
Come join us as we begin turning toward our deepest truths, using a variety of expressive modalities to crack open the texts of our lives and our tradition. The evening begins with an introspective text study that will also give you a taste of Rabbi Forester’s Studio Sinai class. Late-night treats will be followed by a stirring S’lichot service.

Tashlikh – Monday, September 30
Beginning at 4:30pm, come schmooze outdoors before symbolically tossing your sins into natural waters (Lake Wingra at Vilas Beach) during the Tashlikh service, led by Rabbi Forester.-

Kever K’rovim - Sunday, October 6
11:30 at Forest Hill Cemetery
Meet Rabbi Forester at the entrance to the cemetery, from where she will lead the customary visits to the graves of loved ones on the Sunday between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Contact the office to express interest in visiting Beit Olamim with Rabbi Forester the same day.

Yom Kippur Break Fast - Wednesday, October 9
Sponsored by the Board of Directors, our annual break fast begins after the final shofar (7:10pm)

We Got Wiser- Wednesday, October 9
After breaking the Yom Kippur fast, around 8:00pm, young adults are invited to meet up with each other and Rabbi Betsy Forester at the Wise (inside HotelRED) after the Yom Kippur Break Fast for conversation and drinks. We prayed hard, now let’s play! The first round of drinks is on us. If you think you're a young adult, this gathering is for you!

Yom Rishon - Sunday, October 13
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-plus of singing, stories, age-appropriate activities and a chance to socialize with other families of preschoolers. 10:00-11:15am

Share the Spirit of Sukkot beginning Sunday, October 13
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.

BIC Neighborhood Sukkah Hop – Tuesday, October 15
Starting at 4:00 in a sukkah near BIC, enjoy food, drinks, company, and Havdallah within walking distance of BIC.

Wine & Cheese in a Sukkah - Thursday, October 17
Starting at 7:00pm, nosh, schmooze, and learn a little with Rabbi Forester in Judith Burstyn and Steve Deutsch’s sukkah, 830 Ottawa Trail.

East Side Sukkah Hop – Sunday, October 20
The 11th annual East Side Sukkah Hop is hosted by members of Beth Israel and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.

Simchat Torah Party – Monday evening, October 21
Dinner at 6:00 (RSVPs required)
Program, Services & Hakafot at 6:30 - Come one, come all!
Starting around 6:30, 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!

Simchat Torah Services & Children’s Program - Tuesday, October 22
Services begin at 9:15am
Children’s program at 10:30am