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Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

etrogs in rows

Join us for festival prayers, joyful and song-filled Hallel. Eat and learn in the Sukkah. Shake the lulav, hold the etrog and hear the once-a-year sacred prayer for rain, “Geshem”. And how can you miss the dancing, merriment and the honor we bestow on the Torah and on our community?!

All services will be held in FTJC’s rental home at the Hebrew Tabernacle, 551 Fort Washington Ave. at W. 185th St. (please enter on Fort Washington Ave.), unless otherwise noted.

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). There is no signup or scheduling for meals, just show up, be friendly, and be patient if necessary--and 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 now closed. If you have pre-ordered a lulav and etrog, Pickups are Sunday October 13, 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.


Rimonim (Youth & Family) Sukkot Events!

All Ages- On Sunday, October 13th from 12-3pm join us for Sukkah Decorating together.

Zera'im (0-4yrs)- On Saturday, October 19th from 4-5pm, join Zerai'im in  the Sukkah for Seeds of Shabbat Join us for a Shabbat experience filled with songs, stories, hands-on activities and community-building as we teach our children about Shabbat and Sukkot.

Nitzanim (PreK-2nd)- On Sunday, October 13th, join us after Sukkah decorating for Growing into Jewish Holidays from 3-4pm. Join us for our "Growing into Jewish Holidays" monthly experiential learning program about Jewish Holidays.  Programs will incorporate key Hebrew words and phrases, arts and crafts, Torah learning, and mitzvot.

Shorashim (3rd-5th)- On Sunday, October 20th from 3-4:30pm, join us in the Sukkah for Kulanu:Jewish Cultures. Join us for "Kulanu: Jewish Cultures" our Sunday afternoon monthly program where our Shorashim students will learn about Jewish diversity around the world through hands on hearning such as music, arts and crafts, cooking and storytelling. 

Anafim (Middle School)- On Saturday, October 19th from 7-9pm, join us as we team up with Hebrew Tabernacle for a Sukkot Havdalah Hang!

Torah Revealed! Up Close and Personal

Monday, October 21, 6:00 PM

An amazing Simchat Torah experience for both children and grownups. We will get up close and personal with a Torah scroll, learning about how it's made and how it's written and exploring its highlights. The Torah is in us, and we're in the Torah! Led by Rabbi Guy (with the children) and our member Dov Berger, a trained scribe (with the grownups). Stay afterward for the Simchat Torah evening service, food, and hakafot (dancing and singing in circles, of course!) In the HT Social Hall.



Learning in the Sukkah

Housing Justice in the Sukkah

Sunday, October 20, 11:00 AM

Singing, learning, and pizza in the Sukkah with the FTJC Housing Justice Team, including a primer on how the new rent laws could affect you, and how to be sure you're not paying more than the legal rent for your apartment. Questions? Contact Zach Cohen.



Schedule of Services

Sukkot Day 1
Monday, October 14, 9:00 AM – Shacharit
Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s Services from 10:40 AM for those who are present, parent-led, in Classroom 1 and 2.

Sukkot Day 2
Tuesday, October 15, 9:00 AM – Shacharit
Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s Services from 10:40 AM for those who are present, parent-led, in Classroom 1 and 2.

Shabbat Chol Ha-Mo’ed Sukkot
Friday, October 18, 6:00 PM – Minchah/Ma'ariv (HT Classroom 2 [tentative])
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 AM – Shacharit with Kohelet/Ecclesiastes (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 19, 5:40 PM – Minchah/Se’udah Shelishit/Ma’ariv (HT Penthouse)

Hoshanah Rabbah (Day 7)
Sunday, October 20, 8:45 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: Home hosted, please e-mail for address.

Shemini Atzeret with Yizkor
Monday, October 21, 9:00 AM
With psalms, readings, and the liturgy of mourning, we call to mind those who have left our world. We wrestle with the blessings and burdens of their lives and our remembering. Yizkor at about 10:30 AM.
Location: HT Social Hall
Donations in honor of Yizkor may be made to FTJC by 
clicking here

Children’s Services from 10:40 AM with Mira Kessler, in Classroom 1 and 2

Simchat Torah – Minchah, Ma’ariv, and Evening Hakafot
Monday, October 21, 5:45 PM
Come daven Minchah & Ma’ariv (pray the afternoon and evening services), sing your heart out, and dance in circles, as we celebrate the completion of our annual cycle of reading the Torah. Between Minchah and Ma'ariv/Hakafot we'll have up-close encounters learning about the Torah scrolls with Rabbi Guy and sofer Dov Berger.
Location: HT Social Hall

Simchat Torah – Shacharit and Morning Hakafot
Tuesday, October 22, 9:00 AM
The Simchat Torah celebration continues. We will dance, sing and celebrate the Torah. All adult Jews in the community will be given the opportunity to have an aliyah (be called to the Torah) as we read Vezot Haberachah, the last parashah of the Torah, and honor four members for outstanding service to the community. We also read the creation story that starts the Book of Bereishit. Don’t pass up this opportunity to be part of renewing the cycle of Torah!
Location: HT Social Hall
No children’s services – there will be plenty of fun, food, and dancing for all ages!

Shabbat Bereishit – The Cycle Begins Once Again!
Friday, October 25, 5:50 PM – Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 26, 9:00 AM – Shacharit (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 26, 5:30 PM – Minchah/Se’udah Shelishit/Ma’ariv (HT Penthouse).
Children’s services resume as usual on Shabbat morning at 10:40 AM


Tue, February 25 2020 30 Shevat 5780