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From Rabbi David - Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah - In-Person and Online

10/09/2020 01:14:48 PM


Dear Friends,

As we savor these last beautiful hours of Sukkot, I wanted to send a reminder about our online and in-person gatherings for Sh'mini Atzeret (tomorrow) and Simchat Torah (tomorrow evening and Sunday), culminating in our unrolling of the sefer Torah in our parking lot on Sunday at 12:30.  

Sh’mini Atzeret, beginning tonight, (Friday at 6:00 PM), will be all online.

Tomorrow morning at 9:30, we will gather for Sh’mini Atzeret as we typically do on Shabbat, with additional time for Yizkor, chanting from Ecclesiastes and Geshem (prayer for the rainy season) afterwards.  As we will also sing Hallel, Talmud study will begin at about 10:10 instead of the usual 10:00.   Here is the link to the texts for tomorrow's study.

Erev Simchat Torah Singing Online - Saturday Evening, October 10, 6:30 PM - 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 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 as we make time for joyous singing and begin again!  Please note that we will have amplification for this service and it will be broadcast on Zoom.  Stay to the end and enjoy our Covid-safe kiddush!!

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.  Covid-safe, individually wrapped snacks will be available.

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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