This is the time of year for BLOCK PARTIES and we are having our own!
Join us on Sunday September 30 at 5:45 PM for plentiful pizza, veggies, games, dancing,  sports, etc with the clergy and congregation featuring the amazing DJ Ethan Bermanspinning the records!
Then…..We will dance with the Torah scrolls at the BLOCK PARTY and DANCE THEM INTO THE TEMPLE (approximately 6:45 – 7:00 PM) – NOTE TIME. 
And then in Greifer Sacks unscroll the Torah, our awesome kids will chant sections of Torah and then Cantor Novick will finish the Torah and begin again! Featuring surprise treats for all who come!
5:45 PM – Block Party
6:45 – 7:00 PM –  (approx.) dancing with the Scrolls
7:00 – 7:30 PM – Torah unscroll, chanting, completing the Torah and beginning again!
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.