At the conclusion of Sukkot are the two holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat . In Israel and among Reform Jews they are combined into one holiday on the day after the conclusion of . Among more traditional Jews outside of Israel, they are observed separately from one another on two consecutive days. Shemini Atzeret means the “Eighth Day of Assembly,” and Simchat Torah means “Rejoicing in Torah.” Simchat Torah marks the end of the Torah reading cycle, reflected in the ritual of chanting the end of the Torah, followed immediately by reading the beginning of the Torah. This year, the holidays begin on Friday evening, October 9.
Thursday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Rabbi David Silber from the Drisha Institute discusses the Torahs readings for Shemini Atezeret and Simchat Torah.
Thursday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Join My Jewish Learning for an inside look into the sacred scribal arts. As we approach the holiday of Simchat Torah, Torah scribe Julie Seltzer will explain what goes into creating a Torah scroll. Participants will learn about ink, parchment, feathers, letter formation, and spiritual intention. There will be ample time for Q&A.
EASTERN TIME ZONE SERVICES AND CELEBRATIONS
Friday, October 9 at 6:00p.m. ET and Saturday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Central Synagogue, a Reform synagogue in NYC, will stream a joyous Simchat Torah service on Friday evening, and a Yizkor service on Saturday morning.
Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11
Join Adas Israel, a Conservative congregation in Washington, D.C., for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah services. Visit the website for the full schedule.
Saturday, October 10 at 7:00p.m. ET
Join Temple Sholom, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, for a celebration of Simchat Torah with Steve Silbert, creator of VisualTorah, a means of using drawing to connect us to sacred texts.
Saturday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Dance the night away with the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (Vermont) in an online DJ dance party.
Saturday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Kolot Chayeinu, a synagogue in Brooklyn, NY hosts an online ritual event followed by a dance party for Simchat Torah.
Sunday, October 11 at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT
Join Romemu in NYC for Simchat Torah services, and the conclusion to the High Holiday season!
Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 pm. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Torah, teachings, dance and song from the Jewish Emergent Network, a network of progressive synagogues, streamed on their Facebook page. No registration required.
Monday, October 12 at 2:00p.m. ET/11:a.m. PT
Join Lab/Shul, an unaffiliated congregation in NYC, for an inter-religious Ritual Rally for human dignity.
CENTRAL TIME ZONE SERVICES AND CELEBRATIONS
Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET/9:00 a.m Central
Join Am Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Glencoe, Illinois, for a Simchat Torah morning service that includes Yizkor.
Friday, October 9 at 8:00p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. Central
Join Temple Beth El of Eastern Texas for a Simchat Torah celebration and Shabbat evening service.
Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11
Join Temple Shalom in Northbrook, Illinois for evening and daytime services throughout the weekend.
MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE SERVICES AND CELEBRATIONS
Friday, October 9 at 8:15p.m. ET/6:15p.m. Rocky Mountain Time
Join Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a livestream of Simchat Torah services being held in the synagogue courtyard.
Friday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m Rocky Mountain Time
The Aspen Jewish Community in Colorado hosts a Zoom Simchat Torah concert with the band Nefesh Mountain.
Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11
Join Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City Utah for multiple service options throughout the weekend.
PACIFIC TIME ZONE SERVICES AND CELEBATIONS
Friday, October 9 at 9:15p.m. ET/6:15p.m. PT and Saturday, October 10 at 12:00p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT
Join the livestream of all services, including Torah reading and Yizkor, on Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego’s YouTube channel.
Saturday, October 10 at 10:00p.m. PT (1:00 a.m. ET)
Put on your dancing shoes for this online Simchat Torah party with Chochmat Halev and Kehilla Synagogue in California.
Saturday, October 10 at 9:30p.m. ET/6:30p.m. PT
Join the YouTube stream of live music and dancing with the Torah at a safe distance.
Friday, October 9 at 9:15p.m. ET/6:15p.m. PT and Saturday, October 10 at 1:00p.m. ET/10:00a.m. PT
Join Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles, California, for an online Simchat Torah celebration in the evening, and a service including Yizkor in the morning.
Friday, October 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT
Join Temple Leo Baeck in Southern California as they chant the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Genesis.
Saturday, October 10 at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT
Neveh Shalom, a Conservative synagogue in Portland, Oregon, hosts a Simchat Torah celebration with Havdalah, stories, and a musical concert.