Sukkot & Simchat Torah

Sukkot 2022

Erev Sukkot – Sunday 9 October
Sukkot – Monday 10 October

Sukkot gives us a brilliant opportunity as a community to get together outdoors. The Sukkah we build together creates a beautiful space for our community to be together and to appreciate the harvest of the world, as our ancestors have for millennia.
Please bring your welcome gifts of fruit, vegetables, flowers and greenery for the EHRS Sukkah from Thursday 6 October (08:30 until 17:30).

Erev Sukkot – Sunday 9 October

Sukkah Decorating Party, 11:00-12:30
Our Sukkah this year is a treat for all our five senses. We are opening the unique sensory room in the EHRS Youth Centre on Sukkot which will provide a calming and special space for all of us on our Synagogue campus. Our aim this year is to make our Sukkah appeal to our eyes, ears, noses, hands and tastebuds!
Come anytime to EHRS during the party and join us at our fruit and veg craft stalls, bring a musical instrument to join into the ‘Etrog Jam Session’, help build the Sukkah itself (please bring some vegetation or fruit/veg to hang in the Sukkah), enjoy lunch on one of our food stalls and have fun on one of the special attractions. An outdoor festival of fun for all ages. Please click here to book. You are welcome to help build the Sukkah from 10:00.

Pre Sukkot Tea Party, 17:45
In the Talmud Rabbis called Sukkot the happiest festival so come and join our EHRS Tea party before our evening service. We will put the finishing touches to our Sukkah and add to the five sensory experiences for all who visit the Sukkah.

Erev Sukkot Service, 18:30-19:30
finishing with Kiddush in the Sukkah.


Sukkot – Monday 10 October

Morning Service, 10:30-12:30
finishing with Kiddush in the Sukkah. Led by EHRS Emeritus Rabbi Danny Smith and Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers.

Natural Treasure Hunt Family Sukkot Service, 11:00-12:30
Our service is a mostly outdoors journey of discovery with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith and Marian Cohen. We celebrate Sukkot in the natural world that we
especially appreciate on this festival. Finishing with Kiddush in the Sukkah.


Tuesday 11 & Thursday 13 October
EHRS’s Open Sukkah, 16:30-17:30
Come and join our Rabbis for a cup of tea and a wave of the Lulav in our Sukkah.


Wednesday 12 October
Beer and Shiur in the Sukkah, 20:00
Our Sukkah turns into a beer garden and restaurant for one night only as we enjoy fruit beers and a catered dinner with Sukkot themed learning for young adults with Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers. Please book at, the dinner cost including beers is £10.


Friday 14 October
Kuddle Up Sukkot in the Sukkah in Person, 16:15-16:45
Come and join our Rabbis in the Sukkah for songs, stories and the chance to wave the Lulav especially for our youngest children and their parents & carers. You are welcome to arrive and play from 15:45.

Simchat Torah 2022

Erev Simchat Torah – Sunday 16 October
Simchat Torah – Monday 17 October

This is our festival where we celebrate with simchah (joy) the end of our cycle of Torah reading at the end of Deuteronomy and begin the Torah at Genesis again.

Erev Simchat Torah – Sunday 16 October

Simchat Torah Procession Preparation Party, 18:00
Join our Rabbis & educators to get your flags and banners and dances ready for our Simchat Torah Hakkafah (procession) in the service that begins at 18:30, with special treats for the festival! For all young people.

Erev Simchat Torah Service, 18:30-19:30
Including the Hakkafot where we dance with our Sifrei Torah.


Simchat Torah – Monday 17 October

Toratastic Family Service, 10:30
Our family experience begins with your opportunity to make your own set of rimonim (Torah bells) to make a racket in the procession as we join the Hakkafot where we dance with our Sifrei Torah.

Simchat Torah Morning Service, 10:30   
Our service where we finish reading the Torah at the end of Deuteronomy and start again in Genesis, with the help of our Chatanim and Kallot Torah and Bereshit Ari Coen, Anna Flash, Shirley Lever and Laurence Stein and our Youth Chatnim Bereshit Reece Crugman and Jack Dannell, and including the Hakkafot where we dance with our Sifrei Torah.