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Simchat Torah, Hebrew for “rejoicing in the Law”, celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study. Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of Deuteronomy is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read.

Simchat Torah Service and Consecration
Sunday, September 30, 6 p.m.
Join us in celebrating our kindergarteners as they begin their Religious School education. The children will receive a blessing from clergy and join in parading the Torah scrolls around the Community Court. As in past years, there will be music provided by Tuffy Epstein and dancing with our Torah scrolls. Heavy hor d’oeuvres and ice cream will be served.

Simchat Torah Yizkor Service
Monday, October 1, 10:30 a.m.
If you would like to have the names of your loved ones read at the Yizkor service, please contact the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536, by Tuesday, September 25.