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Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

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 is 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.


Rimonim (Youth & Family) Sukkot Events!

Rimonim Welcome Back Sukkah Decorating Party
Sunday, September 23, 2:00-4:00 PM

Grownups and children of all ages are welcome! There will be stations for making Sukkah decorations, learning about Sukkot, and "snacktivities". We can't wait to see you and to kick off 5779 / 2018-2019 together!


Rimonim Simchat Torah Flag Making Party
Sunday, September 30, 2:00-4:00 PM

We'll bring the supplies, you bring your kids and your creativity, and we'll make FTJC's Simchat Torah hakafot (circle dancing & processions) beautiful and lively!

Location: Home Hosted, please e-mail for location.


Torah Revealed! Up Close and Personal

Monday, October 1, 6:15 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 and Discussion in the Sukkah

Social Justice in the Sukkah

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 PM

The welcoming of guests in our sukkah reminds us of the importance of warmth in community. And the fragility of the sukkah suggests that preserving our housing arrangements calls for ongoing effort. What have your housing experiences been like in the FTJC neighborhood? How have changes impacted you and your neighbors? What are your hopes for the future? The FTJC Social Action/Social Justice team invites you to share your thoughts in informal discussion, grounded in a Jewish text study led by Rabbi Jill Jacobs. Bring your own dinner and discuss over food. Questions? Contact Jessi Thompson.


Schedule of Services

Sukkot Day 1
Monday, September 24, 9:00 AM – Shacharit
Location: 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, September 25, 9:00 AM – Shacharit
Location: 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, September 28, 6:35 PM – Minchah/Ma'ariv (HT Penthouse)
Saturday, September 29, 9:00 AM – Shacharit with Kohelet/Ecclesiastes (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, September 29, 6:10 PM – Minchah/Se’udah Shelishit/Ma’ariv (HT Penthouse)

Hoshanah Rabbah (Day 7)
Sunday, September 30, 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 1, 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 1, 6:15 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. At 6:30 between Minchah and Ma'ariv/Hakafot we'll have up-close encounters learning about the Torah scrolls with Rabbi Guy and Dov Berger. Dairy food and drink will be available.
Location: HT Social Hall

Simchat Torah – Shacharit and Morning Hakafot
Tuesday, October 2, 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!  Dairy food and drink are generously sponsored by the Berkowitz-Tobak family in honor of the FTJC community.
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 5, 6:20 PM – Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 6, 9:00 AM – Shacharit (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 6, 6:00 PM – Minchah/Se’udah Shelishit/Ma’ariv (HT Penthouse).
Children’s services resume as usual on Shabbat morning at 10:40 AM


Wed, September 26 2018 17 Tishrei 5779