Simchat Torah, Hebrew for “rejoicing in the Law”, celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study. Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of Deuteronomy is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read. Learn more about the holiday of Simchat Torah.
Schedule for 5778
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Simchat Torah Service – 6:30 pm
The Simchat Torah Service is a joyous observance including Hakafot, dancing, and a celebration of the “birthday of the Torah” as we read the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Genesis, completing and beginning the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. This service will be followed by an oneg in the Sukkah.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
9:00 am – Simchat Torah Morning Service with Yizkor
Yizkor is one of the four times a year that Jews observe a special memorial service for loved ones who have passed away.