Our Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur and Break the Fast observances are popular and open to the public (there is a modest charge for non-members). Reservations are required. Tashlich is celebrated at Island Park (see map).
Our Second Seder is a community-wide event featuring a progressive secular Haggadah and a Kosher for Passover, vegetarian potluck feast. Please bring a dish to pass. Reminder: Passover food does not include not-Kosher for Passover pasta, noodles, pizza, bread or any leavened foods. Fish and dairy are fine. Many Sephardic Jews DO use legumes and rice, both of which are welcome. Reservations are required.
First Friday Shabbat
On the first Friday of every month, JCS members and other interested members of the community come together to observe Shabbes. After Shabbes is welcomed in with songs, candlelighting, wine, and challah, there is a short thematic program in which members of the congregation offer their thoughts about the theme. Following Shabbat, we share a meal and schmooze. Children are always welcome.
For our pre-school members, we provide a Tot Shabbat. Children learn the blessings over bread and wine, light the candles, sing songs and hear stories.
First Friday meals are from local Ann Arbor restaurants. Each month we will be featuring a different place from around town. We will focus on local favorites, locally owned businesses, and locally grown foods.
First Friday begins at 6:30pm and will be held in all of the lounges at the JCC. The cost of dinner is $10/person or $25/family of 4. Your financial contributions make it possible for us to continue our culinary themes.
Please RSVP to ensure we have enough food.
Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B'shevat, & Purim
Holiday celebrations for families and members include activities for children and adults.
This picture show was taken at our Hanukkah celebration.