Sukkot & Simchat Torah 2021

Sukkot

Sukkot gives us a brilliant opportunity as a community to get together outdoors. If you don’t yet feel ready to return to EHRS indoors then please take advantage of these brilliant opportunities to come back to your shul campus.
Gifts of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the Sukkah will be welcomed from Friday 17 September, 08:30-14:30

Please go to the calendar section on the website to book for any of the following services or activities

Sunday 19 September
Sukkah Decorating Party, 11:00-14:00
The theme for our Sukkah this year is ‘Around the World’. Most of us have not been able to travel this year so our Sukkah will take us on a journey of six continents, through their distinctive fruits and vegetables which together make up the harvest of the world. 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. You will also have the chance to meet the EHRS High Holy Day Appeal charities to help you to decide how you might want to help. A (mostly) outdoor festival of fun for all ages.
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Monday 20 September
Pre Sukkot Tea Party, 17:30
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 also learn a skill that some of our ancient Rabbis used to enjoy… juggling!
Erev Sukkot Service, 18:30-19:30
Finishing with Kiddush in the Sukkah

Tuesday 21 September
Morning Service, 10:30-12:30
Finishing with Kiddush in the Sukkah
Natural Treasure Hunt Family Sukkot Service, 11:00-12:30
This is a special year in the Jewish world, the Shmitta year when the land of Israel was left to restore itself from intensive agriculture. Our service is mostly outdoors – discovering the world around us on Sukkot. Finishing with Kiddush in the Sukkah.

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 September
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

Friday 24 September
Kuddle Up Sukkot in the Sukkah, 16:15-16:45 in person
Come and join our Rabbis in the Sukkah for songs, stories and the chance to wave the Lulav especially for 0-5 year olds and their parents and carers. You are welcome to arrive and play from 15:45.

Simchat Torah

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.

Please go to the calendar section on the website to book for any of the following services or activities

Monday 27 September
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

Tuesday 28 September
Toratastic Family Service, 10:30
Our family experience on Simchat Torah begins with your opportunity to make yourself a Torah to take home and then we will join the Hakkafaot 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 including the Hakkafot where we dance with our Sifrei Torah.