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(November 09) Today we’re observing . . .  Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Anniversary: Kristallnacht
Crystal Night” or “Night of Broken Glass” was named for the smashed and broken glass of store windows as mobs and troops turned on Jewish residents in towns throughout Germany. Businesses and Synagogues were burned or destroyed while bonfires consumed Jewish prayer books and Torah scrolls. Over 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps.

More info:
Kristallnacht The November 1938 Pogroms

(October 21) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Mammography Day

Friday, October 21st, 2011


National Mammography Day

“Save the Tatas!”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today is a special day for eduction and information about preventing breast cancer through annual mammograms.

During the month of October many radiologists offer discounted or free Mammograms.

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(October 20) Tonight we’re celebrating . . .  Simchat Torah

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


Simchat Torah (begins at sundown – Jewish)
The final day of the holiday of Sukkot, Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday, which translates literally to the Joy of the Torah. The holiday marks the end of the annual cycle of reading the Jewish Bible and the beginning of the new cycle. In Israel, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated simultaneously.

(October 20) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Shemini Atzeret

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


Shemini Atzeret (began last night at sundown – Jewish)
Literally translated as the “eighth day of the assembly”, this Jewish holiday marks the ending of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.

More info: Sukkot on the Net: Shemini Atzeret

BTW – Tonight at sundown begins the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah.

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Did You Know? Sukkot (10/13)

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Oct 13 : Sukkot began last night

It’s Sukkot!!

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to Sukkot.

Hag Sameach!
Louie and the Holidays Elves


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(October 12) Tonight we’re celebrating . . .  Sukkot (Jewish)

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


Sukkot (Jewish – begins at sundown)
With the final blowing of the Shofar, The Jewish High Holy Days draw to a close and the focus of the Jewish community shifts from the solemnness of Yom Kippur to the jubilant celebration of the festival of Sukkot.

The festival of Sukkot, also known as Chag’ha Succot, the “Feast of Booths” (or Tabernacles), is named for the huts (sukkah) that Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land. These huts were made of branches and were easy to assemble, take apart, and carry as the Israelites wandered through the desert.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot (10/12)

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles

Oct 12 : Begins tonight @ sundown

Did you know that the ninth day of Sukkot (the eighth day in Israel) is called Simchat Torah?

On this holiday, the final passage of the Torah, or Five Books of Moses, is read and the first passages of Genesis is begun anew. The holiday is celebrated by calling every person up to the Torah for an “aliyah”, or special blessing over the sacred text. Festive dancing is also common.

Sukkot is a jubilant celebration, known as Chag Ha’Sukkot or Feast of the Booths, which falls just 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. On Sukkot, Jewish families build their sukkah, or hut, in which they eat and sleep for the duration of the holiday. Recalling the impermanent structures that the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

Sukkot begins tonight, Wednesday October 12, at sundown. Hag Sameach!

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