Immediately following Sukkot, we celebrate Simchat Torah, a fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah and affirm Torah as one of the pillars on which we build our lives. As part of the celebration, the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of the fifth book of the Torah, D’varim (Deuteronomy), is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B'reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read. This practice represents the cyclical nature of the relationship between the Jewish people and the reading of the Torah. Learn more>
5:30 pm - Consecrants and Family join Clergy and Educations for Parent Blessing and Class Picture
6:00 pm - Service, Consecration with B'Yachad Students and Dancing with the Torahs!
7:00 pm - Learning Session: The Jazz of Torah
Join Rabbi Sherman, Cantor Zell and jazz extraordinaire Danny Silverston (a member of our Havayah community) as we explore the ways Jazz music can enhance our ability to read and see the Torah of our own lies.
Simchat Torah, Thursday, October 12
6:00 pm - Yizkor* & Havdalah
*Yizkor means… [“may (God) remember,”]. It is the memorial service, recited four times a year in the synagogue–after the Torah reading on Yom Kippur day, Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Passover and the second day of Shavuot