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Simchat Torah

Our congregation will celebrate Simchat Torah on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020,  at 7:00 p.m., as part of our Erev Shabbat service. 

We’ll also have a Yizkor service and a Torah Study session on Saturday, Oct. 10.  

We'd love your participation with our special Simchat Torah video, to be shown at services on Friday, Oct. 9!

Although we can’t be together in person for dancing with the Torahs this year, we are planning an alternative way to join in a Torah hakafah for Simchat Torah on Oct. 9.  We are putting together a silent video of congregants either passing the Torah or dancing with the Torah.  We welcome video submissions of kids or adults, using any Torah you may have, including a photo print or drawn illustration of a Torah.  Please take a video for up to 10 seconds and send it to Marissa Wright at no later than Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:00 p.m.  The video will be shown, with Cantor Gostein's accompaniment, at services on Friday, Oct. 9.


* If you are passing the Torah from outside the shot to inside the shot and back out, please make sure to pull the Torah from the left side of your body and “pass” it out of the frame on the right side.  This way we can get everyone passing in the same direction.  Feel free to pass it along to everyone in the house during the video if you like.

* Please make sure the video is HORIZONTAL, especially if you are taking it with your phone.

* Please send the video in an MP4 file.

If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Wright at

About 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, it is customary for the Torah scrolls to be 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.



Mon, September 28 2020 10 Tishrei 5781