And our holiday season will culminate, weather-permitting, with what we hope will be wonderful, live, in-person, outdoor, socially-distanced gathering on Sunday afternoon, October 11th at 2:00pm in the parking lot at Bridge Plaza North to celebrate our Simhat Torah honorees, Adrian Osian and Richard Schiff. We will provide you with the lightest weight Torah scrolls that we have, wrapped in special "PPE" which will be replaced for each of the 7 Hakafot (processions). Please bring your masks, and gloves if you wish.
From the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs:
Having a Safe Sukkot While Fighting Anti-Semitism
We hope you had a meaningful Yom Kippur. Now it is time to turn our attention to Sukkot.
In this year of the pandemic, you can still celebrate and enjoy Sukkot with family and guests, and with a little extra effort, you can virtually include many more at your table than you normally would. For the part of our Virtual Celebrations series focusing on Sukkot, the FJMC partnered with 2 for Seder, a non-profit founded in honor of Joyce Fienberg, one of the victims at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by her daughter-in-law Marnie Fienberg to fight anti-semitism by including non-Jews in our celebrations. The FJMC conducted a webinar with Marnie and jointly prepared guides on all aspects of having a safe and meaningful Sukkot both at home and virtually, that you can find on our Virtual Celebrations webpage.
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Beginning five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot is named after the booths or huts (sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration.
Key terms for the holidays of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.
Highlights of the Sukkot Prayer Service
Diverse sources on why we eat and sleep in the sukkah
The custom of inviting our ancestors to join us in the sukkah has its roots in Jewish mysticism.
In the midst of a pandemic, finding new meaning in Sukkot
ONLINE CLASS in ECCLESIASTES
We read the Book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes on Sukkot/Sh'mini Atzeret. Explore it with Seminary Librarian and Talmud Professor, Dr. David Kramer. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED
How Are You? I really want to know.
Please reach out to me as I cannot possibly reach out to each of you. I welcome the opportunity for a quick check-in, for casual conversation or for something more serious.
Please call me or email me so we can arrange it. kas
We make special prayers for those who are ill at every Shabbat Morning service and during our Monday & Thursday Minyanim. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been adding a special Mi SheBayrach for those who have contracted the coronavirus.
You can add a name (traditionally: Hebrew/Yiddish name and mother's Hebrew/Yiddish name, but we'll take English names and the names of those who are not Members of our Tribe) by calling or emailing me.
Or better yet: why not join us for the 9:00 am weekday morning minyan, and read the Psalm (in English) just before we include the name of your family member, friend or acquaintance in the Mi SheBayrach?
During the year a number of days were to be proclaimed as "holy convocations". This comprehensive list, taken from the Book of Leviticus, concludes with our holiday of Sukkot.
These days, on which no work is permitted, are listed in the Torah in the following order:
Shabbat: The first and last days of Passover - the springtime Feast of Unleavened Bread, also celebrates the Exodus from Egypt and the barley harvest.
Shavuot, which occurs fifty days from the second day of Passover. It commemorates the Revelation at Sinai
and celebrates the wheat harvest.
Rosh Hashanah - The New Year, accompanied by the Sounding of the shofar.
Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement - a solemn day of fasting.
Sukkot - The Feast of Huts, marking the end of the agricultural year. Each year of this festival (except Shabbat) branches from three different trees and a citron are carried in procession. The eighth day, too, a separate holiday known as Sh'mini Atzeret, is a day of solemn rest.
ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM
You can participate in one of two ways
- Dialing in - or -
- Using internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer
Do You Need to Obtain a Siddur? Please call or email me for details. kas
Do you need a CROSS-REFERENCE GUIDE to pages in the old Sim Shalom (Blue cover) for Shabbat and Holidays (when we are using Lev Shalem)?...
to the Weekday Services in Lev Shalem (when we are using the burgundy weekday Sim Shalom)?
Call me or email me for the GUIDE