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Simchat Torah



Simchat Torah Celebration

Sunday, October 16, 2022
11:00 AM
Takiff Center Community Hall
(999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe)

Join us to celebrate Simchat Torah as we once again rejoice in the completion of the annual Torah cycle! We will listen to the end and the beginning of the Torah being chanted and dance to the sounds of Hakafa’s own Bibi Patt along with her fellow members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. The celebration will also include our annual Consecration Ceremony for students who are beginning their religious education.

This celebration is appropriate for people of all ages and will be followed by a special oneg. We hope you will come and enjoy the fun with your Hakafa family!
 



Yizkor Service

Please join us on the morning of Monday, October 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the North Shore United Methodist Church (213 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe) or via Zoom for Yizkor. 

Jewish tradition tells us that four times during the year, in addition to the anniversary of the death of a loved one, we are to recall the memories of those who have died. These four times, known as yizkor (remembrance), coincide with major holidays on the Jewish calendar. The last day of Sukkot, known as Shemini Atzeret, is one on which yizkor is traditionally recited.

This hour-long service will be followed by a short Kiddush.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85232520986?pwd=Y1Y3cHdjeVNqaGVIVDVpay9FZWpldz09
Meeting ID: 852 3252 0986
To Dial-in: 312-626-6799

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On the holiday of Simchat Torah, the annual reading of the Torah is completed and the cycle is immediately renewed in a grand celebration that includes dancing with the Torah and carrying flags in a parade-like fashion. We affirm that the Torah is central to the Jewish people. It is our heritage and our history. Its teachings have served as a bond, linking Jews, young and old, over many generations, over time and space, in every land we have lived.

Consecration
At Hakafa, we hold a ceremony of consecration during our Simchat Torah celebration. Consecration is a ceremony for children in Kindergarten, as well as first, second, and third graders who are beginning their religious school experience. It is a very special ceremony in which students are blessed as they start their formal Jewish education. Because Simchat Torah marks our finishing of the yearly cycle of Torah readings, as well as our turning to begin it once again, it is a fitting time to recognize these students’ entry into the never-ending process of Jewish learning.

Yizkor
Jewish tradition tells us that four times during the year, in addition to the anniversary of the death of a loved one, we are to recall the memories of those who have died. These four times, known as yizkor (remembrance), coincide with major holidays on the Jewish calendar. The last day of Sukkot, known as Shemini Atzeret, is one on which yizkor is traditionally recited. 

Learn more about Simchat Torah.
 

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