Yes, we have a last dinner in the Sukkah on Wed 10/15, and Friday Night 10/17 is at Shabbos House, too… but the one night not to miss is SIMCHAT TORAH from 8pm to Midnight on Thurs 10/16/2014…see link for specific on Simchat Torah Night.
So, yes, Simchat Torah night is most important, but we do have a bunch of meals, prayers and celebrations for the finale of the big Jewish holiday stretch, see below for what’s happening this extended Simchat Torah 2014 weekend:
WED 10/15: SHMINI ATZERET, LAST DINNER IN THE SUKKAH
7pm prayers, with mini-Hakafot dancing in solidarity with the Jews in Israel who celebrate Simchat Torah on this night.
8pm festive holiday dinner in the Sukkah. It’s technically no longer Sukkot, but a different holiday called Shmini Atzeret, but it tags onto the end of Sukkos. One more special night eating out (weather-permitting) in the beloved Sukkah atmosphere.
THURS 10/16 SHMINI ATZERET DAY & SIMCHAT TORAH NIGHT
9:30am Prayers, with Torah Reading and Musaf, followed by the last lunch in the Sukkah at 12:30pm
— don’t miss it, SIMCHAT TORAH DANCING! Prayers at 7:30pm, followed by Auction and then Hakafot Dancing – hopefully until midnight. Big food buffet, spirited atmosphere, visiting alumni, collectible souvenir, a very special night. Even if you can’t come for the whole thing, come by for a half hour or hour to participate and be part of it.
FRIDAY 10/17 SIMCHAT TORAH DAY
Leftover Simchat Torah dancing, morning payers, many many Aliyot, long Musaf and very late lunch to start about 2pm. Our main Simchat Torah celebration is the night prior, but we keep the joy going to some degree during the day as well. It’s a much smaller crowd, and a much longer service.
and then there’s SHABBAT. Prayers 7pm, Shabbat Dinner 8pm all at Shabbos House. Shabbat morning prayers begin at 10am, with lunch at 12:45pm. We read Parshas Breishis, the first weekly Torah reading for the new year.
Yes… it is a super-long jam-packed holiday marathon, but this where we soak up spiritual and communal energy for the rest of the year, its an amazing opportunity to connect to each other, gel as a group, connect as a community, and be part of an amazing and most memorable Jewish experience. Come when you can! Looking forward to celebrating together!