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Shabbat services take place on Friday evenings at 8:00 PM, except for the third Friday of the month when they start at 7:30 PM and are followed with a discussion session led by Rabbi Herzbrun. During the summer, all services begin at 7:30 PM.
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On Simchat Torah (Hebrew for “rejoicing in the Law”), we celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. We begin by reading from the final chapter of the book of Deuteronomy:
“ …… Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord singled out, face to face, for the various signs and portents that the Lord sent him to display in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country, and for all the great might and awesome power that Moses displayed before all Israel.” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12).
Then we read from the beginning chapter of the Torah (Bereshit), the first portion in the book of Genesis:
“When God began to create the heaven and the earth – the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God over the water – God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Gen 1:1-3). ……
At Temple Emanu-El, we take the Torahs out of the ark, march them around, pass them from person to person, then gather around, say the blessings as a community and read the two
Sources: The Torah, JPS translation 1962; http://urj.org/holidays/simchat/