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 16
View and discuss The Quarrel, a compelling drama exploring faith, challenges, and reconciliation. 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. Click here for information about the film.

Yom Rishon - Sunday, September 17
Our popular program for preschoolers and their grownups kicks off the year with a Rosh Hashanah 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.

MOUSY Rosh Hashana Gift Bags - Sunday, September 17
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 Regent Neighborhood home of the Prager family, our friends from MaTTY.

Tashlikh Nosh – Thursday, September 21
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.

Torah & Mindfulness Shabbat Shuvah Mini-Retreat - Saturday, September 23
Come to Beth Israel Center on the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for an afternoon of meditation, chanting and teachings focused on embracing impermanence. We'll explore how cultivating awareness allows us to discover holiness in our lives and celebrate each moment of creation, learning, as the Berdichev Rebbe once said, to experience each and every day as new. Reservations are not necessary. Contact Matt Banks (president@bethisraelcenter.org) for more information.

Yom Kippur Break Fast - Saturday, September 30
Sponsored by the Board of Directors, our annual break fast begins after the final shofar (7:30pm)

Psalms on the Water - Saturday night, September 30
After a marathon indoors, in shul, enjoy spiritual words and songs on Lake Wingra beginning at 11:00pm.

Share the Spirit of Sukkot beginning Wednesday, October 4
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.

Singing in the Sukkah - Saturday afternoon, October 7
After Shabbat kiddush, we'll sing in the BIC sukkah in preparation for our Simchat Torah festivities. Come learn and recall songs that we can sing while we dance with the Torah the following week.

Shabbat-Sukkot Seudah Shlishit - Saturday, October 7
Beginning at 5:30pm, Rabbi Sami Barth hosts a seudah shlishit (third Shabbat meal) in the sukkah at his home for the year, Arboretum Cohousing, 1137 Erin St.

East Side Sukkah Hop – Sunday, October 8
The ninth annual East Side Sukkah Hop is hosted by members of Beth Israel and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.

West Side Sukkah Hop – Monday, October 9
Visit in a variety of members' sukkot throughout the evening.

Simchat Torah Party – Thursday evening, October 12
Dinner at 5:30, Services & Hakafot at 6:00
Come dance and rejoice with the Torah! After the final hakafah, we will unroll a Sefer Torah and offer a special blessing for children. All are welcome. RSVPs required for dinner, but not for dancing!