Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Some communities celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on two separate days; in other communities they are combined. Either way, this grand finale to the fall holiday season comes with a wide array of themes and practices. It culminates with a raucous celebration of Jewish learning and Jewish community, as we dance with the Torah scrolls and read both the end and the beginning of the Torah on the very same day.

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“Evening and morning, ritual and rite, / making order out of chaos”
Sanctity in Time

“Have I authored the stories of my Life?”

My Body is a Torah Scroll

“Bejeweled crown removed / yet never cast aside.”

Until
Now that there is to be rejoicing / Torah speaks to that
In One Breath
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A meditation for those who do not read Hebrew but wish to learn Torah

the words of the shema

“Torah’s ink has seeped through my fingers”

Kohelet’s Lament

We are part of a hidden community

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Count On Telling Your Story: A Ritualwell In-Person Immersion

Join us for Count On Telling Your Story: A Ritualwell In-Person Immersion on Sunday, June 9th. Mix and mingle with old and new friends, enjoy delicious kosher-vegetarian food and engage in a variety of creative, thought-provoking sessions exploring rituals, writing, and art.

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