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Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah - In Person and Online

10/07/2020 10:43:18 AM


Dear Friends,

As we look toward the end of the holidays, I hope you will consider joining with the community either for our in person Hoshanna Rabba and Simchat Torah gatherings, or our celebrations of Sh’mini Atzeret (including Yizkor) and Erev Simchat Torah online.

Hosanna Rabba (in person): Friday, October 9, 9:00 - Join us for this in-person service celebrating the final day of Sukkot, with Hallel and a socially-distant procession around the perimeter of Abundance Farm.  

Please register for this service by following this link.


Sh’mini Atzeret:  Erev Sh’mini Atzeret (Friday, 6:00 PM) coincides with Shabbat, and here is the link.

Beginning at 9:30 on Saturday morning, we will gather for Sh’mini Atzeret as we typically do on Shabbat, taking some extended time for Talmud study as we usually do.  The full schedule is:

9:30 - 9:55 - Shacharit

9:55 - 10:15 Hallel

10:15 - 10:25 - Partial Chanting of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes)

10:25 - 11:15 - Talmud Study

11:15 - 11:30 - Yizkor

11:30 - 11:45 - Musaf, including Geshem (Prayer for Power to Bring Rain)


Erev Simchat Torah Singing Online - Saturday Evening, October 10, 6:30 PM - Make a l’chayim, bring a nosh, and join us online to celebrate this year of study during unprecedented times by singing and reading from the final parashah of the Torah.  Although we won’t dance, we will most definitely sing, and I do hope you’ll join us.  And, we take requests!!


Simchat Torah In Person AND Online - Sunday, October 11, 9:30 AM - Join us for an in-person service that we will simultaneously make available online.  Following Shacharit and Hallel, we will finish reading the Torah and begin again!  Please note that we will have amplification for this service and it will be broadcast on Zoom.  If we have critical mass, we will be able to host two minyanim, one with technology and one without.  


Please register for the in-person service by following this link.


In-Person, Socially-Distant Unrolling of the Torah - Sunday, October 11, 12:30 PM - As we did for the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, we invite families and anyone who would like to join us in the CBI parking lot as we behold the entire Torah in one gaze.  Perhaps we will take some moments to chant from beloved sections we know (10 Commandments, Song of the Sea, Priestly Blessing, favorite b’nei mitzvah portions) and sing as well.  


Looking forward to connecting with you over these final days of Z'man Simchatenu, the Season of our Joy, even in this unprecedented time.  

Shanah Tovah and Chag Sameach,


Rabbi Justin David



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