After Yom Kippur, when we break the fast, many of us feel we have had our fill of time at synagogue. I would like to point out the many opportunities for meaningful worship that are still to come this season.
The Sukkot evening service on Wednesday, October 4 is preceded by the always-enjoyable pot-luck dinner in our CEEBJ sukkah. Wear a jacket and pass the challah! The service is at 7:00 on a school night, and this is when we will have blessings for all those with birthdays in the month of October. Afterward, we will be back in the sukkah (and Surlow Hall) for the oneg. At that time, children can collect a special ticket from the Rabbis. The ticket can be brought back on Simchat Torah, so they can have the first pick of pumpkins decorating the sukkah. Services the next morning are at 10:30, followed by a pot-luck lunch.
Our Sukkot celebration continues with the building of the Sukkahmobile on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 7. This family-friendly activity includes a pizza dinner, arts and crafts, a paper chain circling the building, and Havdalah. The following morning, there will be further decoration of the Sukkahmobile in religious school. At one or more of the Sukkahmobile’s stops you can enjoy a nosh and a shake of the lulav. After many years of dedicated service, Robert Jacobs has passed the baton for supervising this event. Much thanks to Robert, and to Temple Brotherhood for ongoing support of this fun annual event. Thanks to Stephen Schaller, for taking on the responsibility and to all those who host the Sukkahmobile,
The Simchat Torah service on Wednesday, October 11 will also be preceded by dinner. This is a special catered dinner honoring our new students, who will be consecrated at the 7 pm service. Don’t forget to make your reservation! Morning services the next day include Yizkor.
As in any other month, we have weekly Shabbat services as well every Friday night, and study minyan on Saturday morning. The Adult Shabbat Havurah will have a potluck dinner following the early service on Friday, Nov. 3. A musical presentation will follow. For families with young children, there will be a Boker Tov Totpalooza service on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9:30.
I look forward to seeing you at synagogue this month!