Simchat Torah
Monday 17th October, 2022 6:00 pm to Tuesday 18th October, 2022 6:00 pm

At Simchat Torah we offer the special mitzvah of finishing reading the Torah, which ends with the death of Moses, to either a Chatan (bridegroom) or Kallah (bride) of the Torah and immediately we start reading from the beginning of the Torah, with the birth of creation, again offering the mitzvah to either a Chatan or Kallah Bereishit.

Following the Torah readings and Bible (evening service) or Haftorah (morning service), the Sifrei Torah are all taken from the Ark and paraded round the Synagogue, at least seven times.  Everyone is encouraged to dance round the Synagogue with any of the Sifrei Torah, some being quite small and light and others heavy.  No-one is excluded.  There is singing and dancing, as this is a joyous festival, and apples, flags and sweets are distributed.

After Kiddush in the Sukkah, the fruit is distributed to those on site and the rest, as long as it is in good condition, is taken to one of the local care homes, for the residents.  It has also been known for chutney to be made fromthe fruit that has gone soft!