We celebrate all holidays with both evening and morning services. Evening services start at 7 p.m. and morning services begin at 10 a.m. Our choir sings for most holiday services.
On Rosh HaShanah we have an Erev Rosh HaShanah (evening) service on the first night, and morning services on both the first and second days. During the morning service on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, we offer babysitting and activities for children through grade 5. We also offer a children’s service on the first day of Rosh HaShanah. In addition to the formal services, we have a Tashlich service at a nearby park the first day of Rosh HaShanah. We also hold a food drive for the local food bank during the High Holy Day period.
We have services on Erev Yom Kippur (evening) and during Yom Kippur day. The services on Yom Kippur day include morning services, afternoon services, a memorial service, and the concluding service. There is also a children’s service, a study session, and children’s activities. We have a communal break fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
We have services on Erev Sukkot (evening) and on Sukkot morning. We have an oneg after the evening service in our sukkah, and everyone who wishes has a chance to shake the lulav and etrog. After the morning service, we share a bring-your-own lunch in the sukkah.
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
We always have a joyful time on the evening of Simchat Torah dancing with Torah scrolls as we circle the sanctuary seven times. We unroll the scrolls to read the last few lines of Deuteronomy and then read the beginning of Genesis. We also hold religious school consecration on Simchat Torah.
We celebrate the first day of Pesach with Seder in our homes, and we help to make sure everyone has a place to go for a Seder. We have morning services followed by a Passover lunch. Temple David hosts a kosher Seder with a vegan option on the second night of Passover. We have evening and morning services for the seventh day.
We hold confirmation services on Shavuot. We have both evening and morning services, and the morning services include the Hallel (Psalms) and Yizkor (Memorial) services. We hold a themed lunch after morning services.
The Pittsburgh eastern suburbs come alive at Purim time at Temple David. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up, and greggars (noisemakers) are provided. We read from the Megillah and there are hamantashen served after the service. In addition, we present a Purim Sphiel which is always fun.