Please join us on Sunday, September 30 at 5:45 PM for a Simchat Torah Block Party! 

Join in this festive holiday with music, food, arts and crafts, and games from 5:45 – 7 PM in the Temple parking lot. We’ll follow the block party with Services at 7 PM and dancing with the Torah! 

simchat torah

Immediately following Sukkot, we celebrate Sh’mini Atzeret and 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.

On Simchat Torah we also celebrate the Consecration of students who are beginning their religious school education, as we welcome them into Jewish learning. It is a lovely and meaningful ceremony for our students and their families.

Read more about the history and customs of Simchat Torah.