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Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

etrogs in rows

Community Sukkah

The FTJC Sukkah will be at the Fort Washington Collegiate Campus, accessed via the back gate on Magaw Place.

Sukkah hours this year are 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Bathrooms are available when the building is open.

There is no signup or scheduling for meals, just show up, be friendly, be considerate of those waiting, and be patient if necessary! It is also possible to make kiddush and hamotzi inside the Sukkah and then move to the garden lawn.

Please **clean up** and leave no trace, so we don't have skunks as ushpizin (guests)! No smoking; alcohol for making kiddush only. Please keep noise down in the evening, as the Sukkah stands next to an apartment building full of our neighbors.
 

Lulav and Etrog Orders
Deadline for pre-ordering via this form: Tuesday September 26 at 11:59 PM.
Pickups: Thu Sep 28, 5:00-7:30 PM
 in the FWCC garden during sukkah construction. 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.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
Thursday September 28, 5:00-7:30 PM
Fort Washington Collegiate Campus
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.

4th Annual Tryon Talks x Sukkot Picnic
Wednesday October 4, 7:00 PM

It's a night you don't want to miss! Bring your dinner to eat in the Sukkah and come hear fellow community members give short, Ted Talk-style presentations on topics such as:
- The Devils Hole's Pupfish (Dani Kogan)
- How to Score Affordable Theater Tickets in NYC (Sarah Resnick)
- Yitskhok-Nakhmen Shteynberg: The Greatest Jew You Never Heard Of (Sheva Zucker)
- more suprise speakers to be announced!


Rimonim (Youth & Family) Programs

Sukkah Crafts & Decorations
Sunday September 24, 9:00-10:45 AM (Day before Yom Kippur)

Fort Washington Collegiate Campus
Join us in making paper chains, lanterns, and other crafts to decorate our community sukkah! All ages welcome.

Rimonim Fun in the Sukkah
Saturday September 30, 3:00 PM
Sukkah
Rimonim on the first day of Sukkot has a great afternoon of fun planned in the Sukkah! For Zeraim and Nitzanim (Ages 0 - 2nd grade), Dani Apple will be leading Sukkot-themed games and movement activities. For Shorashim (3rd-5th grade) there will be board games in the Sukkah. For everyone: snacks! Contact reyzl@ftjc.org with any questions.

Anafim (Middle School/Teens) Simchat Torah Jewpardy
Saturday October 7, 5:00 PM
Sukkah
Reyzl will lead a hotly contested trivia game in the Sukkah, right before the evening's Simchat Torah festivities.

Simchat Torah Night!
Saturday October 7
6:00 PM - Minchah and "Torah Tour" for Children and Grownups
7:10 PM - Ma'ariv and Hakafot

We celebrate the conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle with dancing, singing, and fun -- sweets for children included.
 

Schedule of Services

Candle-lighting and Havdalah times (for Washington Heights and Inwood) may be found on the FTJC calendar.

Sukkot Day 1
Saturday September 30, 9:00 AM

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

Sukkot Day 2
Sunday October 1, 9:00 AM

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

Sukkot Day 3 (Chol Hamo'ed)
Monday October 2, 7:00 AM

Children’s Services: None

Sukkot Day 6 (Chol Hamo'ed)
Thursday October 5, 7:00 AM 
Children’s Services: None

Hoshanah Rabbah (Day 7)
Friday October 6, 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 beat the aravot (willows) against the ground to symbolize the elimination of sin from our lives.

Children’s Services: None

Shemini Atzeret – with Yizkor, Kohelet, and Geshem
Saturday October 7, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Yizkor at about 10:30 AM. Donations in honor of Yizkor may be made to FTJC by 
clicking here. 
Children’s Services: 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Simchat Torah Night!
Saturday October 7
6:00 PM - Minchah and "Torah Tour" for Children and Grownups
7:10 PM - Ma'ariv and Hakafot

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

Simchat Torah Morning
Sunday October 8, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Simchat Torah celebration continues, 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.
Children’s services – None. Bring the kids for general merriment and for their collective "kol hane'arim" aliyah. 
Thu, February 29 2024 20 Adar I 5784