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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.



Friday, October 9, 2020  Hoshana Rabba 

7:30 am Special services and Hoshanat (willow branches are available at Chabad)


Shemini Atzeret begins Friday Eve, October 9, 2020

Candle lighting 6:06 pm

6:15 pm Mincha /Maariv and Hakafot

Followed by Dinner in the Sukkah RSVP 


Shemini Atzeret: Shabbat Day, October 10, 2020

Services 9:30 am

Yizkor approximately 11:30 am 

Followed by Holiday Lunch in the Sukkah RSVP  

6:00 pm Mincha

Simchat Torah

6:45 pm Maariv 

Candle lighting from a pre-existing flame after 7:03 pm

8:30 pm Hakafot in the safety of the outdoors!!!


Simchat Torah Day, Sunday, October  11, 2020

Shacharit 10 am


Conclusion of the Torah and the immediate beginning of the Torah anew 


5:30 pm Mincha and farbrengen

followed by Maariv and Havdalah

Holiday ends: 7:02 pm