Sep 25, 2013

From Rabbi Creditor: Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, & More!

from Molly Shapiro, Director of Youth Community and Connection!
There will be childcare provided for ages 0-5 in the SBY room from 10-1 on Thursday & Friday (with Mika Aloni), and from 10-2 on Shabbat with Doreen (our usual childcare professional).
Thursday, September 26
Shmini Atzeret/Erev Simchat Torah
9:30 am Services (Shmini Atzeret &  Yizkor)
6:15 pm Ma'ariv, Simchat Torah & Hakafot - come dance with the Torah!!!
Friday, September 27: Simchat Torah Day
9:30 am Shacharit, Simchat Torah & Hakafot
Saturday, September 28
Shabbat Breisheet
9:00 am Torah Study
9:30 am Shabbat Service 
11:00 am Shabbat B'Yachad Program: welcomes all families with children under 5-years-old!
12:30 pm Kiddush is sponsored by Angela Butts and Yotam Levine, in honor of their aufruf. Mazal Tov!
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a note from Rabbi Creditor: 
Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, and More!
 21 Tishrei, 5774
September 25, 2013


Dear Chevreh,

During Hoshana Rabbah davening in the Sukkah this morning, the grown-ups were treated to the CNS Preschool children coming for a visit. We were in the middle of Hallel when the kids arrived, and the words we sang looking at their shining faces were "we will bless God, our little ones and our big ones." How holy that moment was!
Tradition says that tomorrow, Shemini Atzeret, is the moment when the Heavenly gates close. But I believe the truth is that it isn't about a date on the calendar. These days remind us that each of us can be a gateway to Heaven, to the world as it should be. These gates, our internal portals to the Divine, can always be open. It's a choice we are called to make each day. Let's never become closed. That will bring our world closer and closer to whatever we mean when we say "heaven."

When our Torahs dance with us Thursday Evening, we dance back with passion and joy. Children and grown-ups, little ones and big ones - we all get to sing and dance. Heaven on earth. Come and share the joy. See you at shul!
Chag Sameach!
Rabbi Creditor

Rabbi Menachem Creditor