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What you need to know when attending Jewish events

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Jewish life is an intricate tapestry of celebrations, rituals, milestones and worship. It may sometimes seem as if those born into it are dancing to the beat of an inaudible band, instinctively following a bewildering pattern that is as beautiful as it is mysterious.

Are you intimidated by the thought of stepping into a synagogue or nervous about saying the wrong thing at a Jewish wedding? Do you wish you could have a seasoned regular at your side, guiding you as you go? Then this is the place for you.

Join Chabad.org’s writers as they take you on a guided tour of Jewish life!

What to Expect at a Hachnasat Sefer Torah Parade
A Hachnasat Sefer Torah is the celebration that centers around the dedication of new Torah scroll.
What to Expect at a Shabbat Dinner
So, you have been invited to join a family for a Shabbat meal. What do you need to know?
What to Expect at Shabbat Morning Synagogue Services
The natives are friendly, so feel free to reach out if you have a question. Really.
What to Expect at a Havdalah Ceremony
So you’ve been invited to a havdalah ceremony, and aren’t sure what to expect? Here’s what you need to know.
What to Expect at Rosh Hashanah Services
Most of the natives are friendly and will be more than happy to help you out.
What to Expect at Yom Kippur Synagogue Services
A friendly step-by-step guide to the synagogue services, starting with what to wear and where to sit, and ending with the shofar blast and the breakfast.
What to Expect at Simchat Torah Services
Sure there are the Torahs and prayers, but there is also dancing, singing, capering, and snacking in the synagogue.
What to Expect at a Shabbat Kallah
You've been invited to a Shabbat Kallah? Find out what to expect!
What to Expect at a Chanukah Party
Of all Jewish events, a Chanukah holiday celebration is probably one of the most flexible, with the most room for creative improvisation, so there are very few hard, fast rules of what to do when. Here are some common elements that you may find:
What to Expect at a Public Menorah Lighting
It’s Chanukah (sometimes spelled “Hanukkah” and pronounced HAH-new-kah), and you are planning on attending a public menorah lighting. Here’s what you need to know.
What to Expect at a Purim Celebration
Of all Jewish holidays, this is the one when people let loose, dress up in silly costumes, and act in ways you’d never see them act during the rest of the year.
What to Expect at a Passover Seder
So you’ve been invited to share a Seder—the ritual-rich evening that is the highlight of Passover, the Festival of Freedom—with an Orthodox family. Here are a few insider tips that will allow you to better allow you to enjoy the night ahead.
What to Expect at Tisha B'Av Synagogue Services
There are special synagogue services unlike those held on any other day of the year. Here is what you need to know.
What to Expect at a Conversion
I’m planning to convert to Judaism. This has been something I’ve been considering and mulling over for years, and I’ve made my decision. What should I expect? What will the process look like?
What to Expect at a Brit Milah
What is expected of you at a traditional brit milah, and what should you expect?
What to Expect at an Upsherin
So, you have been invited to an upshernish. What exactly is an upshernish, and what do you need to know to attend?
What to Expect at a Bar Mitzvah
The bar mitzvah ceremony celebrates a Jewish boy’s 13th birthday (on the Hebrew calendar) and his elevation to adult status in Judaism.
What to Expect at an Aufruf
Your friend is getting married and you’ve been invited to an aufruf. Not sure what it is or what’s expected of you? You’ve come to the right place!
What to Expect at a Chassidic Wedding
You’ve been invited to a chassidic wedding. Not sure what to expect? Let’s walk through the experience together.
What to Expect at a Sheva Brachot
Someone you know is getting married, and you are invited to one of the Sheva Brachot celebrations in the days following the wedding. What do you need to know?
What to Expect at a Jewish Funeral
Attending a funeral can be intimidating, whether this is your first time attending or you have been to many funerals. What do I do? What do I say?
What to Expect at a Jewish Unveiling
Marking the grave of the deceased with a gravestone is an ancient Jewish custom that dates back to biblical times.
What to Expect at a Shiva Home
For a week after a funeral, the close relatives of the deceased sit and mourn the loss of their relative. “Shiva” is Hebrew for “seven,” since this stage of mourning lasts for seven days.
What to Expect at a Farbrengen
So, you’ve been invited to a farbrengen and aren’t sure what to expect. Well, you’re in good company—neither do most people.
What to Expect at a Sukkot Meal in a Sukkah
So you’ve been invited to a Sukkot holiday meal. What can you expect?
What to Expect at the Ohel
How to prepare, what to expect, and what to do once you are there.
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Aviv Weizmann Pembroke Ma January 5, 2018

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