Simchat Torah - Back to the Beginning
Shalom from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Erev Shabbat services begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, for our annual Simchat Torah service where we end our reading of the Torah scroll with the last verses of Deuteronomy, and immediately begin the reading of the Torah with the very first verses of Genesis on Creation. This joyous celebration of Torah includes music, dancing with the Torah scrolls in procession around the Sanctuary, and blessing all the children present. This is also Simcha Shabbat when we offer a blessing to all those who celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other happy occasion during the current month. Following the service is a potluck dairy/vegetarian supper.
Saturday morning, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m., all are invited to Torah study, beginning with a short discussion of Bereishit, the biblical account of creation, followed by study of the book of Joshua, narrating the story of how the Israelites entered the Promised Land. Each week in the coming year, the group will continue to introduce the portion of the week and then continue the reading of the later biblical books of Judges, Kings, etc. Potluck dairy/vegetarian luncheon follows the study session.
Sunday, Oct. 23, Religious School at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m., egalitarian morning minyan.
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Havurah program beginning the new season of activities.
The JCSVV is a welcoming congregation, unaffiliated with a particular stream of Judaism. For information, call 204-1286 or visit www.jcsvv.org. The synagogue is located at 100 Meadowlark Drive, off Hwy 179 just south of the Chapel Road roundabout.