Holidays and Festivals


Astoria Center of Israel holds a community Seder on the second night of Pesach, as well as first day Pesach morning and Shabbat Pesach services. 

Before Pesach begins, we hold a food drive. Find out more about that here. 

For those seeking to temporarily be "rid" of their chameitz for the duration of the Passover holiday, the Rabbi has a form for you to fill out to temporarily accomplish this with an alternate devised method (an alternative to the "selling" devised method).  Contact the office or the Rabbi in the weeks before Pesach if you are interested. 


On Leil Shavuot, the community enjoy's a Dine & Drash, where we nosh on blintzes and other dairy treats while studying some Torah. 

The celebration continues the following morning at our regular service time. 

YAMIM NORAIM (High Holidays) | 5780 (2019) SCHEDULE

We hold services for Slichot, Rosh Hashanah (first and second day), and Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre, all day services, Havdalah, and a break fast). Each morning of the High Holidays we offer a children's service. For more about celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with your children, click here. If you are interesed in helping usher on throughout our High Holiday services, email You are also welcome to sign up for our Yom Kippur breakfast.

Tickets are available at no cost to members, and are available to the greater community for purchase by calling the office. Why do we charge for tickets? Please be in touch with our office or our Rabbi: no one will be turned away for financial reasons.


Students in the MASKIT program are invited to help build the Sukkah at the Rabbi's house before the Chag (holiday) begins. Sukkot morning services (first day, Shabbat Sukkot, and Hoshana Rabbah) take place at regular service time. We have lulav and etrog available for purchase before the holidays, as well as three or four at the sanctuary for use during Hallel. 

Sh'mini Atzeret is celebrated in the morning of the 8th day, and Simchat Torah begins that evening. 


Our joyous Simchat Torah celebration takes place in the evening. We take all the scrolls out of the ark, including small size scrolls and plush version so everyone can join in, and dance around the sanctuary. The final Hakafa takes place outside. 

Next year, we are planning to unroll the entire Torah scroll around the length of the sanctuary. 

Simchat Torah services, during which we honor Chatan/Kalat Torah and Chatan/Kalat Beriesheet, take place the next morning. 


Each year, ACI invites the community of Astoria and beyond to join us for our annual Chanukah Party. With deicious treats (including gelt and latkes), a play performed by our MASKIT students, and lot of games and activities, it's an exciting afternoon for the whole family.

On Tuesdays of Chanukah, the MASKIT students and their families gather after after Tzvi classes and before Nameir sessions to light candls together. 

Services are held on Shabbat Chanukah. 


A Tu B'shvat themed Friday night pot luck is held the closest Friday to the holiday. 


The ACI Purim Celebration is not to be missed! The party on the closest Sunday afternoon features a costume contest, face painting, crafts, and themed drinks for the adults. 

Megillah Reading takes place the night of Purim, and there's always a hilarious shpiel to go along with it. There's lots of opportunity for people of all skill levels and interest to get involved in the planning and setup process. 

Plus, new this year, is our mishloach manot campaign: sign up to sponsor a mishloach manot bag to another member, or to the entire congregation. 


For questions about holiday and festival celebrations, or to find out more, check our website around holiday times, or be in touch.