Temple Beth David of the South Shore to hold holiday festival activities
Temple Beth David of the South Shore invites all to their upcoming holiday festival activities
Temple Beth David of the South Shore, in Canton, MA, has planned three fun events to mark the harvest festival of Sukkoth and the celebration of receiving the Torah, Simchat Torah.
A “Fall Family Sukkoth” will be held on Sunday, Oct 13 at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the start of Sukkoth by decorating the Sukkah, the shelter symbolizing the harvest while also recognizing those in the world who currently have nothing but temporary shelter, those forced to flee from home and to live in exile. Bring a bagged lunch and something to share. Cider will be provided.
A traditional family Sukkoth Service will be held on Friday, Oct 18 at 7:30 p.m. The synagogue’s beautiful sanctuary will be transformed by the gourds, corn stalks and flowers decorating it. With the four species in hand (Lulav and Etrog), children and adults are welcome to recite the blessings and wave the Lulav in all six directions: east, south, west, north, up and down, symbolizing that God is everywhere.
Following the service, all are invited to sample a variety of apple crisps – with ice cream – in the Sukkah. Gluten and dairy-free alternatives will be available. All are welcome.
A new approach to Simchat Torah takes place the following week, on Sunday, Oct 20, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Simchat Torah is the day on which the whole community gathers to come into direct contact with the Torah and to express our joy in having received it.
Join the Sunday School students in celebrating this joyful holiday as a community. Religious School will be followed by a luncheon open to everyone at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, children will join Reb Noyo in the Library for a music program, followed by the Yizkor (remembrance) service at 2:00 p.m. and the Simchat Torah service and celebration at 2:30 p.m.
About Temple Beth David of the South Shore
Temple Beth David is proud to be a participatory Reform Jewish community. We welcome and include those of different backgrounds and viewpoints. Vibrancy and innovation are important to our practice of Judaism. Through lifelong learning, we wrestle with the teachings of Torah. Through engagement in our community, we search for meaning, comfort, support, and celebration in our lives. Temple Beth David reaches out to the wider community through embracing social justice. We inspire and challenge everyone in our community to forge strong connections to their Jewish heritage, God, Israel, and the Jewish community.