by Judith T. Fox

Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please contact the Director of Congregational Learning,  at 860-233-2774,

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Rabbi -  The spiritual leader of the synagogue.
Rosh Hashanah -  The Jewish New Year seen as a time of introspection and repentance.
Rosh Hodesh -  The first day of each Hebrew month. Also the name of an Emanuel women’s group as it was traditionally a women’s holiday.
Ruach -  Spirit