High Holidays

On Sunday evening, October 2nd Jewish people around the world will gather to welcome the new year of 5777.

Join us this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as Touro University celebrates the New Year in an engaging, inspiring and easy to follow service, and in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. 

Rosh Hashanah Dinner: All Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to join us on Oct 2nd 6:00pm for a festive holiday meal @ the Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley RSVP Necessary.

We do ask that you make a reservation for meals and Kiddush so we can plan accordingly.
The full High Holiday schedule can be seen below. For more info, please email rabbi@tu.edu 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students, faculty and staff a very happy, healthy, Sweet New Year! Click here for more info on the High Holidays. 

Holiday Dinner RSVP must be in by Monday September 26th so we may plan accordingly.

Rabbi Elchonon and Chana Tenenbaum

*Please note: Rosh Hashanah services will be held at:
Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley - 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA 94558

HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Prior knowledge is not necessary to experience an inspiring and meaningful High Holiday service. 

Actively participate as we pray from English-Hebrew prayer books, sing, and talk about the meaning of the age old words.

Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley - 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA 94558

Rosh Hashana

Sunday, October 2nd
6:00 PM Evening Services/Holiday Dinner
Services followed by Gourmet Rosh Hashana Dinner –  RSVP Necessary
Monday, October 3rd
10:00 AM Morning Services
11:00 AM Educational Service & Shofar Sounding
Buffet Kiddush Luncheon to follow services
Tuesday, October 4th
10:00 AM Morning Services
11:00 AM Educational Service & Shofar Sounding
Buffet Kiddush Luncheon to follow services

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 11th
6:00 pm Candle lighting & Children Blessing
Followed by Kol Nidrei
Wednesday, October 12th
10:00 am Morning Services
11:45 am Torah & Yizkor Memorial Service
5:30 pm Mincha & Neila Closing Service
7:14 pm Fast ends & Break Fast 

Model Passover Seder

MODEL PASSOVER SEDER AT TOURO - April.18.16

As the holiday of Passover approaches All Students Faculty and Staff are invited to experience, a 
Model Passover Seder 

Hosted by Rabbi Tenenbaum and Sr. Provost Berkley

Delicious Food • Great Wine • A Unique Experience  

Monday, April 18th  12:10 - 12:50pm
Lander Hall Gymnasium

We will recount the journey of the ancient Jewish people out of the hands of slavery and learn the relevant messages.

Sing Passover songs and share Passover stories.

Enjoy a traditional Seder meal of Brisket, Matzah, Wine and Passover dessert.

Experience the national and personal freedom of the Jewish people.

Join us for a wonderful, inspiring and fun model Seder

Learn more about Passover


 

Purim

      Join the Purim celebration
Take a moment to stop by for special Purim treats.
Get your caricature drawn by world class artists*.

Learn more about the Purim celebration and holiday.

      * caricature drawn, first come first served.

 


 

Happy Purim

Celebrate Purim with Touro University California

Thursday, March 24th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Wine and Pickle Tasting

Sample the Rabbi's wine and variety of Kosher pickles

Who? All Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to celebrate.

5:00pm New York Style Deli buffet

5:30pm Megilla reading

Location: Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley- 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA 94558

Please click HERE to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

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Purim is billed as the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, the daylong holiday commemorates the nullification in 356 B.C.E. of a Persian decree calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire as told in the biblical Book of Esther.

It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal.


 

Chanukah 2015

Touro University California will light a menorah at the Lander Hall Gym, followed by a celebration on the first day of Chanukah, which falls out on December 7, 2015. The ceremony will delicious refreshments (sufganiyot, hot latkes, Chanukah chocolate coins, coffee, tea, and drinks. Following the menorah lighting ceremony, attendees can enjoy live music by Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, an instrumental trio made up of clarinet, accordion, and bass, playing traditional and contemporary Chanukah songs.

The menorah lighting is organized Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum, who remarked, "The Menorah serves as a symbol of Vallejo's dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride. Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles."

EVENT RECAP
What:
Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting
Where: Lander Hall Gym
When: Monday, December 7th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM  |  Menorah Lighting @ 12:15 PM
Cost: FREE

ABOUT CHANUKAH

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory more than 2,100 years ago of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people who defeated a ruthless enemy that had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life, prohibit religious freedom and force the Jewish people to accept a foreign religion. During the occupation of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Syrian Greeks desecrated and defiled the oils prepared for the lighting of the Menorah, which was part of the daily service in the temple. Upon recapturing the Temple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one jar of undefiled oil, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced. In commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a Menorah. The Menorah is placed in highly-visible place to publicize the miracle, with its message of hope and religious freedom, to all. Today, people of all faiths consider the Chanukah holiday as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.


High Holidays

On Sunday evening, September 13th Jewish people around the world will gather to welcome the new year of 5776.

Join us this Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as Touro University celebrates in an engaging, inspiring and easy to follow service, in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. 

All Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to join us on Sep 13th for a festive holiday meal RSVP @ Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley

All are welcome.  We do ask that you make a reservation for meals and Kiddush so we can plan accordingly. The full High Holiday schedule can be seen below. for more information, please email tuc.Shabbat@tu.edu 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students, faculty and staff a very happy, healthy, Sweet New Year! Click here for more info on the High Holidays. 

Meal RSVP must be in by Thursday September 3rd so we may plan accordingly.

Rabbi Elchonon and Chana Tenenbaum

*Please note: All High Holiday services this year will be held at:
Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley - 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA 94558

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Prior knowledge is not necessary to experience an inspiring and meaningful High Holiday service.
Actively participant as we pray from English-Hebrew prayer books, sing, and talk about the meaning of the age old words.

Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley - 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA 94558

Rosh Hashana

Sunday, Sept. 13th
6:30 PM Evening Services/Holiday Dinner
Services followed by Gourmet Rosh Hashana Dinner –  RSVP Necessary
Monday, Sept. 14th
10:00 AM Morning Services
11:30 AM Shofar Sounding
2:30 PM Tashlich (Buffet Kiddush to follow services)
Tuesday, Sept. 15th
10:00 AM Morning Services
11:00 AM Shofar Sounding
2:30 PM Buffet Kiddush to follow services

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 22nd
6:30 pm Kol Nidrei & Children Blessing
Wednesday, September 23rd
10:00 am Morning Services
11:45 am Torah & Yizkor Memorial Service
5:30 pm Mincha & Neila Closing Service
7:44 pm Fast ends & Break Fast snack

 The Three Weeks

July 4 - 26, 2015

The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. This is when the Jewish people mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. 

The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz (July 4, 2015), a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. 

It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av (July 26, 2015) the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning the Jewish nation's history. 

Observances: 

There are various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period (until midday of the 10th of the Hebrew month of Av, or—if that date falls on Friday—the morning of that day). We do not cut our hair, purchase new clothes, or listen to music. No weddings are held. 

17 Tammuz (July 4, 2015) is a fast day, on which one refrains from eating and drinking from dawn to nightfall. Starting on the first of Av, we refrain from eating meat or drinking wine, and from wearing freshly laundered clothes. 

9th of Av (July 26, 2015) is a more stringent fast than 17 Tammuz. It begins at sunset of the previous evening, when we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations.
Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures, like washing, wearing leather shoes, and marital intimacy. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. 

There is more to the Three Weeks than fasting and lamentation. It is taught that those who mourn the destruction of Jerusalem will merit seeing it rebuilt with the coming of the Jewish redeemer, and then all the mournful dates on the calendar will be transformed into days of tremendous joy and happiness.


 

Passover 2015

Passover begins the evening of Friday eve, April 3rd and concludes the evening of Saturday, April 11th (2015). Passover commemorates the freedom of the Jewish nation from enslavement in Ancient Egypt in 1313 BCE.

Passover has a number of observances, one being dietary, refraining from eating anything that is “Chametz”, meaning leavened grain—any food or drink that contains even a trace of wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives, and which wasn’t guarded from leavening or fermentation, his includes bread, cake, cookies, cereal, pasta and most alcoholic beverages.

So what do we eat? Instead of leavened foods we eat Matzah—flat unleavened bread, which was the food eaten by our ancestors as they left Egypt. or foods that have unleavened grain and are Kosher for Passover.

The highlight of Passover is the Seder, observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder is a fifteen-step family-oriented tradition and ritual-packed feast. During the Seder three Matzahs are eaten, we drink four cups of wine and we ask the four questions.

Passover is truly a time of great joy for all the Jewish people and a time of unity, when families and friends make a point of seeing each other and being together.

Passover, the Season of Our Liberation, comes around every year not merely to remind us of the Liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, but also to inspire us to strive for a greater measure of self-liberation from all limitations and distractions which impede us in our everyday life.

Blessings, for a Kosher and Joyous Passover.

Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum


 

Model Passover Seder

model passover seder at Touro - Mar.23.15

As the holiday of Passover approaches You are invited to experience, a
Model Passover Seder
RSVP tuc.shabbat@tu.edu.

We will recount the journey of the ancient Jewish people out of the hands of slavery and learn the relevant messages.
Sing Passover songs and share Passover stories.
Enjoy a traditional Seder meal of Brisket, Matzoh and Passover dessert.
Experience the national and personal freedom of the Jewish people.

 Model Passover Seder
Monday, March 23rd12:10 - 12:50pm 
Lander Hall Room 113
RSVP by Mar/20 @tuc.shabbat@tu.edu

Join us for a wonderful, inspiring and fun model seder

TUC celebrated Model Seder, the story of Israel's liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt, on March 23rd. Rabbi...

Posted by Touro University California on Thursday, March 26, 2015

 

Happy Purim

Join us as Touro University California celebrates Purim, the holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of old.

Thursday, March 5th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM,

5:30pm Megilla reading

6:00pm Gourmet French buffet dinner: catered by Touro’s executive chef Ray Nottie.

Location: Spring-Hill Suites Napa Valley- 101 Gateway Rd E, Napa, CA 94558

Please click HERE to RSVP. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you there!

Purim is billed as the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, the daylong holiday commemorates the nullification in 356 B.C.E. of a Persian decree calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire as told in the biblical Book of Esther.

It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal.


 

Tu B'Shvat

Tu B'Shvat - 15th of Shevat
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. 

Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that are separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year Shemittah cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the 15th of Shevat. 

We mark the day of Tu B'Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah –Bible - in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day we remember that "Man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19) and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanic equivalent.


 

High Holidays

September 24 to October 4 - 15th of Elul 5774

In 2 weeks, Jewish people around the world will gather to welcome the new year of 5775.

Join us on Rosh Hashana on Mare Island at Touro University for engaging, inspiring and easy to follow services in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. 

On Sep 24th a festive holiday meal will take place on campus please RSVP

All are welcome.  We do ask that you make a reservation for meals and Kiddush so we can plan accordingly. The full High Holiday schedule can be seen below. for more information, please email tuc.Shabbat@tu.edu 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students, faculty and staff a very happy, healthy, Sweet New Year! Click here for more info on the High Holidays. 

Meal RSVP must be in by Friday September 19th so we may plan accordingly.

Rabbi Elchonon and Chana Tenenbaum

Please note: All High Holiday services this year will be held at:
Touro University's Farragut Inn
1750 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592

All are welcome.  We do ask that you make a reservation so we can plan accordingly.

Rabbi Elchonon and Chana Tenenbaum

Rosh Hashana Eve. 1 | Wednesday, Sept. 24th
6:30pm Candle Lighting, Evening Services (candle lighting by 6:45 p.m.)
Services followed by Gourmet Rosh Hashana Dinner –  RSVP Necessary
Rosh Hashana Day 1 | Thursday, Sept. 25th
10:00am Morning Services
11:00am Shofar
Services followed by a Kiddush.
2:00 pm Tashlich
Rosh Hashana Day 2 | Friday, Sept. 26th
10:00am Morning Services
11:00am Shofar
Services followed by a Kiddush.
Yom Kippur | Friday, Oct. 3rd
7:30pm Candle Lighting, Kol Nidrei & Evening services - Fast begins 6:31 p.m.
Yom Kippur | Saturday, Oct. 4th
10:00am Morning Services
12:00am Yizkor Memorial Service
5:30pm Neila - Conclusion Service
7:26pm Fast ends and Break the fast

 

Passover

Passover begins the evening of Monday, April 14th and concludes the evening of Tuesday, April 22nd (2014). Passover commemorates the freedom of the Jewish nation from enslavement in Ancient Egypt in 1313 BCE.

Passover has a number of observances, one being dietary, refraining from eating anything that is “Chametz”, meaning leavened grain—any food or drink that contains even a trace of wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives, and which wasn't guarded from leavening or fermentation, his includes bread, cake, cookies, cereal, pasta and most alcoholic beverages.

So what do we eat? Instead of leavened foods we eat Matzah—flat unleavened bread, which was the food eaten by our ancestors as they left Egypt. or foods that have unleavened grain and are Kosher for Passover.

The highlight of Passover is the Seder, observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder is a fifteen-step family-oriented tradition and ritual-packed feast. During the Seder three Matzahs are eaten, we drink four cups of wine and we ask the four questions.

Passover is truly a time of great joy for all the Jewish people and a time of unity, when families and friends make a point of seeing each other and being together.

Passover, the Season of Our Liberation, comes around every year not merely to remind us of the Liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, but also to inspire us to strive for a greater measure of self-liberation from all limitations and distractions which impede us in our everyday life.

Blessings, for a Kosher and Joyous Passover.

Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum