Dance, Sing and Celebrate the Torah Outdoors!

The High Holiday season wraps up with the last two festivals of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Join us both online and in-person as we celebrate the ending of the annual Torah-reading cycle and the start of another!

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah – October 9-11

Erev Shemini Atzeret Service, 7:30 pm, Friday, October 9th on Zoom
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Morning Service and Yizkor, 9:30 am, Saturday, October 10th on Zoom
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Outdoor service and ice cream kiddush, 9:30 am, Sunday, October 11th
Sign up for the Outdoor Service on this page. The weather prediction is for a warm and sunny day!

And Now for Something Completely Different

Everyone will have a chance to read a line or two from the Torah (transliterations provided if you don’t read Hebrew) and create their own original Torah stories!

Simchat Torah celebrates the ending of the annual Torah-reading cycle and the start of a new cycle, beginning with Genesis. This year, participants will have an opportunity to write or draw their own personal interpretation of the beginning or ending of the Torah.

Think about some of these questions to help guide your Torah story:

• How would you re-interpret Moses direction to the people?
• Would you write the story so that Moses sees the Promised Land?
• How would you interpret the Genesis creation story differently?
• Or what Torah story would you write about your experiences at this time and place in history? For example, your story could be about plague, climate change, dissent, social media or something else.

Sound good? Here’s what you do.

There will be a vast array of art supplies and paper for your use at the COVID-compliant Simchat Torah Story Station. Here, you’ll create your very own story or drawing, or if you prefer, create your story at home and bring it with you.

Make your story in any size or shape. Use any colors, medium or materials you like.

Be A Part of Jewish History

Your stories and art will be included in a Simchat Torah time capsule, to which new stories will be added each year. This is your opportunity to be a part of something sacred and meaningful.

If you’d like to read the text of the two Torah portions, the link is here.

Sing, Dance and Eat Ice Cream

And last but not least, we’ll have joyful singing and dancing, followed by individually wrapped ice cream after services.

Please use the Broadway entrance when you arrive on Sunday. The Stadium Drive entrance will be closed and the driveway used to enable social distancing and dancing with the Torah.

Masks and gloves will be required, as always.

Thank you !

Your all set for Simchat Torah!

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