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Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

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Community Sukkah

The FTJC Sukkah will be in its usual location on the lawn north of the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine. To find the Sukkah, enter through the northern entrance at 701 Fort Washington Avenue and make a right to the grassy area at the north end of the property (just south of Javits playground).

Covid precautions: The Sukkah has an open design with plenty of air flow. People may sit together by mutual consent. It is also possible to make kiddush and "hamotzi" inside the Sukkah and then picnic on a lawn blanket.


There is no signup or scheduling for meals, just show up, be friendly, be considerate of those waiting, and be patient if necessary!

Please **clean up** and leave no trace, so we don't have skunks as ushpizin (guests)! No smoking; alcohol for Kiddush only and only inside the Sukkah.
 

Lulav and Etrog Orders

Pre-orders are open here until Thursday, October 6, 11:59 PMIf you pre-order a lulav and etrog, pickups will be Sunday October 9, 12:00-4:00 PM, on the Lawn at Cabrini Shrine, 701 Fort Washington Ave., during the construction and decoration of the FTJC Sukkah. Please ask a friend to pick it up for you if you can't be there yourself at that time. We will not be able to hold it for you later or elsewhere.
 

Sukkah Construction & Decoration
Sunday October 9, 12:00-4:00 PM
Cabrini Shrine, on the lawn, 701 Fort Washington Ave.
Come by for a fun community gathering as we build and decorate our Sukkah. Lulav and etrog pickups will also be here at the same time and place.


Rimonim (Youth & Family) Programs

Please note: all Rimonim Sukkot Events will take place on the Cabrini Shrine lawn in and/or near the sukkah. 

All Ages

Sukkah Crafts & Decoration
Sunday October 9 from 12:00-4:00 PM.

Join us in making paper chains, lanterns, and other crafts to decorate our community sukkah with!

Zera'im (Newborn-3 y/o)

Sukkot Storytime & Songs
Saturday October 15, 3:00-4:00 PM.
Join us during Shabbat afternoon for Sukkot-themed
songs, stories, and community-building as we teach our children about Sukkot.

Nitzanim (PreK-2nd Grade)

Sukkot in Motion
Saturday October 15, 3:00-4:00 PM.

Join us during Shabbat afternoon with Dani Apple for Sukkot-themed movement and games!

Shorashim (3rd-5th Grade)

Ushipizin & Ushpizot Schmooze
Thursday October 13, 4:00-5:00 PM.

Join us in inviting ushpizin and ushpizot (honored guests) from our tradition, history, and person lives to our community sukkah.

Anafim (Middle School and Up)

Board Game Night
Saturday October 15, 6:00-8:00 PM.
 
Join us for board games, havdalah, and snacks in the sukkah.

Simchat Torah Night!
Monday, October 18

6:00 PM - Minchah and "Torah Tour" for Children and Grownups -- HT Social Hall
7:00 PM - Ma'ariv and Hakafot -- Outdoors on West 185th Street outside the Hebrew Tabernacle (weather permitting; in case of rain, indoors at HT).

Join the merry-making as we celebrate the conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle. Fun and sweets for children included.
 

Yizkor (Zoom)

Thursday, October 13, 8:15 PM
Zoom

Rabbi Guy will lead a Yizkor service on Zoom for anyone who is unable to attend our in-person Shemini Atzeret services. All are welcome as we remember those who have passed with words of Torah, psalms, and a modified Mourner's Kaddish.
 

Schedule of Services (In-Person)

Sukkot Day 1
Monday, October 10, 9:00 AM
Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s Services from 10:45 AM, ad hoc and parent-led if enough children are present.

Sukkot Day 2
Tuesday, October 11, 9:00 AM
Location: HT Social Hall

Children’s Services from 10:45 AM, ad hoc and parent-led if enough children are present.

Sukkot Day 4 (Chol Hamo'ed)
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 AM

Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s Services: None


Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed Sukkot
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 AM – with Kohelet/Ecclesiastes
Location: HT Social Hall

Children’s Services: from 10:00 AM, with Sukkot themes

Hoshanah Rabbah (Day 7)
Sunday, October 16, 8:00 AM
Hoshanah Rabbah marks the seventh day of the Sukkot festival. We use our lulav and etrog for the last time in hakafot (processionals) and then beat the aravot (willows) against the ground to symbolize the elimination of sin from our lives.

Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s Services: None

Shemini Atzeret  with Yizkor and "Geshem"
Monday, October 17, 9:00 AM
Yizkor at about 10:45 AM.
Location: Cabrini Shrine Lawn
Donations in honor of Yizkor may be made to FTJC by 
clicking here

Children’s Services from 10:45 AM

Simchat Torah Night!
Monday, October 17

6:00 PM - Minchah and "Torah Tour" for Children and Grownups -- HT Social Hall
7:00 PM - Ma'ariv and Hakafot -- Outdoors on West 185th Street (weather permitting; in case of rain, indoors at HT).

Join the merry-making as we celebrate the conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle. Fun and sweets for children included.

Simchat Torah Morning
Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 AM
The Simchat Torah celebration continues, again with pandemic safety precautions, as we we sing Hallel, read Vezot Haberachah, the last parashah of the Torah, and then start over with the creation story of Bereishit. We'll also honor several members for outstanding service to the community during the past year.
Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s services – Bring the kids for their collective "kol hane'arim" aliyah. 
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