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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.).

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)!


Rimonim (Youth & Family) Sukkot Events!

Youth and Family Sukkah Decorating

Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 PM

Especially geared toward our Nitzanim and Shorashim groups (pre-K to 5th Grade). We welcome families and kids of to join us at 1:30 PM to decorate the FTJC Sukkah. We will have art supplies and projects readily available, as well as snacks.  (See above for more info and Sukkah location.)


Zera’im Seeds of Shabbat in the Sukkah (Newborn - 3 years old)

Saturday, October 7, 4:00 PM

Calling all Zera’im families (children 0-3 and their grown-ups) for a Shabbat afternoon in the Sukah, full of play, singing, stories and treats among friends. This month, we’ll learn about the holiday of Sukkot together. Please bring a kosher snack to share. Hope to see you and your little ones there!


Nitzanim & Shorashim Family Potluck Brunch (pre-K - 5th grade)

Sunday, October 8, 10:00 AM

Join us for a fun dairy potluck brunch in the Sukkah with activities and stories (please see the potluck guidelines in FTJC's kashrut policy). Some families will then transition to the SukkahWood festival in Inwood.


Sweets in the Sukkah sponsred by Ramah Day Camp in Nyack (pre-K - 6th grade)

Sunday, October 8, 6:30PM

Join Ramah Day Camp in Nyack families in the Sukkah for a sweet and some migrash dancing. Not a current Ramah Day Camp family? No problem, we are open to have anyone join us. We will have information about camp available if you are interested. Any questions, email  Sarah


Anafim Pizza and Board Games in the Sukkah (6th - 8th grade)

Sunday, October 8, 7:00 PM

Hang out with our Youth Advisor, Dani Kogan, and enjoy the blessings of friends, food, and fierce game-playing in the Sukkah!


Teen Pizza Hangout and Torah Study in the Sukkah (9th - 12th grade)

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 PM

FTJC teens! Join our Youth Advisor Dani Kogan for pizza, hanging out, and a Jewish text study on impermanence and homelessness, in the Sukkah.


Torah Revealed! A Tour of the Torah

Thursday, October 12, 6:00 PM

An amazing Simchat Torah experience for children and grownups alike. 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 and our member Dov Berger, a professional scribe. Stay afterward for the Simchat Torah evening service, food, and hakafot (dancing and singing in circles, of course!) In the HT Social Hall.


Schedule of Services

Sukkot Day 1
Thursday, October 5, 9:00 AM – Shacharit
Location: Social Hall
Children’s Services from 10:40 AM for those who are present, in Classroom 1 and 2.

Sukkot Day 2
Friday, October 6, 9:00 AM – Shacharit
Location: Social Hall
Children’s Services from 10:40 AM for those who are present, in Classroom 1 and 2.

Shabbat Chol Ha-Mo’ed Sukkot
Friday, October 6, 6:15 PM – Minchah/Ma'ariv (HT Penthouse)
Saturday, October 7, 9:00 AM – Shacharit with Kohelet/Ecclesiastes (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 7, 6:00 PM – Minchah/Se’udah Shelishit/Ma’ariv (HT Penthouse)

Sunday of Chol Ha-Mo’ed Sukkot (Day 4)
Sunday, October 8, 8:45 AM – Shacharit
Location: Home-Hosted TBD

Hoshanah Rabbah (Day 7)
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 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 we 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
Thursday, October 12, 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 for those who are present, in Classroom 1 and 2

Simchat Torah – Minchah, Ma’ariv, and Evening Hakafot
Thursday, October 12, 6:00 PM
Come daven Minchah & Ma’ariv (pray the afternoon and evening services) and dance your feet off as we celebrate the completion of our annual cycle of reading the Torah. All in our community are welcome and given the opportunity to dance and sing with our Sifrei Torah. If you are unable or unwilling to dance, we also need your voice and spirit in lifting up melodies and songs that give honor to the Torah, our community and the world. Food and drink are generously sponsored by Seth & Sarah Guthartz and David Pollack & Lindsey Healey-Pollack.
Location: HT Social Hall

Simchat Torah – Shacharit and Morning Hakafot
Friday, October 13, 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 begin reading the Torah with us from the beginning!  Food and drink are generously sponsored by Seth & Sarah Guthartz and David Pollack & Lindsey Healey-Pollack.
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 13, 6:00 PM – Minchah/Ma'ariv (HT Penthouse and Heimish Minyan Location TBD)
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM – Shacharit (HT Social Hall)
Saturday, October 14, 5:50 PM – Minchah/Se’udah Shelishit/Ma’ariv (HT Penthouse).
Location: HT Social Hall
Children’s services resume as usual at 10:40 AM

On this Shabbat, we debut our new "Torah Stories" class for K-5th Grade, from 9:40-10:20 AM, every Shabbat morning, taught by Sara Kapps in the HT Penthouse. Using movement, activity, and text, children will engage with the narratives and values of the Book of Bereishit / Genesis over the course of the year.


Sun, June 17 2018 4 Tammuz 5778