Simchat Torah, which means “Rejoicing in Torah,” occurs on the last day of Sukkot. It is a celebration marking the conclusion of one and the beginning of another annual cycle of reading from the Torah.
On Erev Simchat Torah we mark the Consecration of students who are beginning their religious school education, as we welcome them into Jewish learning. Then in celebration of our completing and beginning anew the reading of the torah we dance around the sanctuary and social hall with our Torah scrolls to the music of our congregation’s own band.
Join us again on Simchat Torah morning as we read the concluding chapter of Deuteronomy and immediately start again with Genesis as a sign of the continuous reading of Torah. The service concludes with Yizkor, a service of remembrance for our loved ones.
See more great pictures from Simchat Torah and our Women of the Wall project.
Photos by Mariella Melamed