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Sukkot and Simhat Torah

Prayerbook for Sukkot & Simhat Torah Here
the second book on the page -
Monday, September 20 at 6:00pm
The Temple Sinai Family Multi-Generational BYOD! For kids and adults - Bring Your own Dinner to eat outside by the Sukkah - make handcrafted Sukkah decorations - and DECORATE THE SUKKAH!
Let us know that you're coming. Register HERE
Erev Sukkot Service at 7:00pm
outdoors-in-person or streamed HERE
Tuesday, September 21 at 9:00am
Sukkot Festival Service - outdoors-in-person or streamed HERE
Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30pm
Pizza, Beer and Schmooze time with Brotherhood in the Sukkah! (outdoors)
Friday, September 24
6:30pm- Holy Happy Hour in the Sukkah to honor new members (outdoors)
7:00pm Shabbat Service introducing our new Rabbinic Intern Kelly Whitehead, followed by a celebratory Oneg - outdoors-in-person and streamed HERE
Simhat Torah
Monday, September 27  (rescheduled from 9/23)
6:00pm-The celebration will start with an introduction to Simhat Torah, followed by a light pizza dinner with carrots, apples and ice pops for dessert and the BUBBLE DANCE PARTY! We will wrap up the celebration by dancing with a Torah - adults may dance with a real Torah, and children may dance with a plush Torah.  
We are asking for advanced registration so that we can plan for food and set up the space to allow us to gather safely.  The charge is $10 per family.  Click here to register. 

Tuesday, September 28 
9:00am - Festival closing service with Yizkor - outdoors-in-person or streamed HERE
9:45am - the celebration continues: Dance with the Torahs - for people of all ages - outside, in-person - wear comfortable shoes!

Getting Ready for the High Holy Days


6 Ways to Prepare - As summer winds down and the back-to-school season approaches, so, too, do the High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, which begin the Jewish new year with a 10-day period of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance. Our tradition provides us with several reminders of the upcoming Days of Awe (Yamim Nora-im in Hebrew), as well as ways we can prepare during Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes them.

1. Make Time For Spiritual Self-Reflection and Study

Elul customarily is a time to engage in spiritual self-reflection and evaluation. As we face our transgressions and strive to be better people in the coming year, it’s equally important to focus on self-care and our own spiritual nourishment. The Hebrew letters that comprise the word “Elul” – alephlamedvavlamed – are an acronym for “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” a verse from Song of Songs that means “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Most often interpreted as love poetry between two people, the phrase also reflects the love between God and the Jewish people, especially at this season, as we assess our actions and behaviors during the past year and hope for blessings in the coming year....More


Videos for Kids & Families

Bim Bom’s Rosh Hashanah Video for Kids
Jumpin’ Jerusalem’s Rosh Hashanah for Kids
Yom Kippur Tel Aviv: This is how it looks!! 
Bim Bom’s Yom Kippur: “Really, Really Sorry!”


 Books for Adults

This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation by Alan Lew
Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27: A Spiritual Practice for the Jewish New Year by Rabbi Debra Robbins
The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season by Marcia Falk
Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days by S.Y. Agnon

Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer and self-reflection. 

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Sukkot is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. “Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.

Immediately following Sukkot, we observe Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Toraha fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah

Yom Kippur Learning with the HUC-JIR Panken Professors

Join four distinguished scholars from HUC-JIR for Yom Kippur learning that works with your schedule. Each of these brilliant professors will offer a meaningful contribution to the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z”l, Memorial Shiur. 

Please click on the names of the professors below to view their 20 minute video lectures:

Jennifer R. Grayson, Ph.D. - the Unetaneh Tokef prayer

Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D. - Who Invented Yom Kippur?

Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D.  - Eileh Ezkra (Martyrology) prayers

Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D.  - the story of Jonah

Together, they will give honor to Rabbi Panken’s memory, lift up the themes of the Day of Atonement, and help us all draw near to one another and to the Jewish tradition during an extraordinary time of challenge and change in American Jewish life.

Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782