Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret in Israel is a one-day holiday; in the Diaspora it is a two-day holiday, and the second day is known as Simchat Torah. This holiday is characterized by utterly unbridled joy which reaches its climax on Simchat Torah, when we celebrate the conclusion—and restart—of the annual Torah-reading cycle.

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah 5778/2017 (coming soon)

Shemini Atzeret 5777/2016

Monday, 10/24

9:30 am           Yom Tov Shacharit Services, Yizkor, Geshem
6:30 pm*         Ma’ariv and Hakafot for Simchat Torah
6:57 pm           Candle Lighting

Simchat Torah 5777/2016

Tuesday, 10/25 – Simchat Torah

9:00 am*         Yom Tov Shacharit Services
12:30 pm        Kiddush Luncheon honoring our Hattan Torah and Kallat Bereshit, Jim and Maxine Perlmutter
7:30 pm           Ma’ariv

* Denotes services that start earlier than usual.