Megan Orbach

27 September 2021

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Sukkot and Simchat Torah

At Alef Bet the party starts at the Sukkah. Students and parents gathered together to eat and spend time in the Sukkah. Much soup and couscous was consumed! Our elementary students helped Morah Jay to build the Schach (the branches covering the roof of the Sukkah, and decorate it for the party. They also enjoyed a full lesson on the holiday of Sukkot and learned how to make blessings with the etrog and lulav. 

As Sukkot comes to a close and Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah nears, Moreh Jay is getting ready to teach joyful songs to our students. 

Want to celebrate with other families from Alef Bet? The PTO would like to invite you to celebrate Simachat Torah at Aish. This Wednesday at 12:15 pm, please join us for lunch and Hakafot (dancing with the Torah)! 

Can’t make it? Here are 4 additional ways to celebrate Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah with children outside of school:

  1. Say the prayer for rain. On Shmini Atzeret, it is tradition to add the prayer for rain to the musaf. 
  2. Dance! As Pj Library states, on the evening when Simchat Torah begins, people celebrate by dancing in the streets. Parents hoist kids up on their shoulders, people wave homemade flags, and everyone joyfully celebrates. Download the JKids Radio app to stream holiday-themed music and get your dance on. Don’t be shy about putting on a favorite on a favorite playlist and bust a move in your living room or with some friends.
  3. Make and Eat Caramel Apples. Families in Israel include this yummy treat in the festivities. 
  4. Read a story from the Torah. Pick an appropriate story and explore it together. 


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