SHEMINI ATZERET

AND SIMCHAT TORAH 

  Following the seven joyous days of Sukkot, we come to the happy holiday of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. The first day is known by its biblical name, Shemini Atzeret. We still dwell in the sukkah, but without a blessing. The second day is known as Simchat Torah, during which we complete and immediately begin the annual Torah reading cycle. This joyous milestone is marked with dancing, traditionally following seven circuits known as Hakafot. Both days are celebrated by nightly candle lighting, festive meals, and desisting from work. In Israel, the entire holiday is compacted into one heady 24-hour period.

 

Monday, September 27

Shemini Atzeret Eve

Light Candles 6:26 pm

Services & Hakafot 6:30 pm

Dinner in the Sukkah RSVP

 

Shemini Atzeret

Tuesday, September 28

Services 9:30am

Yizkor 11:45am

Lunch in the Sukkah RSVP

Mincha/Maariv 6:30 pm

Candle Lighting after 7:23 pm (from a pre-existing flame)

8:30 pm

20th Anniversary Simchat Torah Festival

Outdoors! 

Lchaim, Dancing /Hakafot & Children’s Activities

 

Simchat Torah

Wednesday, September 29

Services 10:00am

Hakafot

Grand Kiddush

Mincha & Farbrengen 6:00 pm

Maariv & Havdalah 7:21 pm