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Simchat Torah Celebration

Monday, September 27, 2021 21 Tishrei 5782

6:00 PM - 8:00 PMTBE & Facebook Live

Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the reading of the Torah and the immediate renewal of the Torah reading cycle.

Our celebration will have seven parts, representing the seven traditional hakafot (Torah processions), beginning with Maariv and Yizkor worship at 5:00 pm before we continue with our Simchat Torah celebration at 6:00 pm. 

1.  Maariv: an evening worship service (5:00 pm; details and registration here)

2.  Yizkor: a service of memory (5:00 pm; details and registration here)

3.  Dedication of Czech Torah scrolls from the Memorial Scrolls Trust (6:00 pm): Thanks to the generous donations of the Frank and Ross families, Temple Beth El is now the guardian of two Czech Torah scrolls confiscated by the Nazis during the Holocaust and later rescued by the Memorial Scrolls Trust. We will formally introduce these scrolls and welcome them to our synagogue family.

4.  Removing the sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls) from the ark: Our six Torah scrolls will be proudly displayed before the community.

5.  Reading and rolling of the Torah

  • Chatan Torah: chanting of the concluding verses of the Torah
  • Rolling of the Torah: We journey through the Torah as it is returned to the beginning of the scroll.
  • Kallat B’reishit: Chanting of the first passage of B’reishit to signify the start of the Torah reading cycle.

6.  Returning the sifrei Torah to the ark: We conclude our ceremony.

7.  Oneg: We celebrate with snacks

Between each section of our celebration, we will share in joyous dancing with Torah scrolls by members of our community across the Madison area.

Join us for this celebration in person or via Facebook Live. Register below to attend in person. 

To view this event on livestream, go to our Facebook page at (you do not need to have a Facebook account).


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