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Following closely on the heels of the Yamim Noraim are the festivals of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.


Sukkot was known by the rabbis as HeHag, “the festival”, because of its crucial importance in the religious life of the people, and because of the great joy associated with the festival. 

We will honour that tradition by holding in-person services on Sukkot at Leo Baeck Day School on Monday October 10 and Tuesday October 11 at 9:30 am. Click HERE to register for these services.

Sukkot Festive Quest - for families of kids ages 11 years and under

We are reviving the Holiday Festive Quest this fall for Sukkot! What’s a Festive Quest? An exciting and innovative way to celebrate Sukkot with some musical, crafty, activity-driven, fun. Join Sabrina, Rabbi Ed on Sunday October 9 at 4:00 pm to celebrate our annual festival of food, harvest, temporary backyard dwellings, and delight!  We haven’t yet decided if we’ll hold his program in-person or on Zoom so watch Narayever Net for details.

Build Your Own Sukkah

The Narayever sukkah will not be available this year because we are not in the shul. Members who can do so are encouraged to build their own sukkah at their homes. For information about how to build a sukkah, please contact Rabbi Elkin

Ordering Your Lulav & Etrog

We encourage you to purchase lulav/etrog sets from one of the Judaica stores around town and bring them to Sukkot services (except on Shabbat). This year the shul office will be handling orders from Israel’s Judaica that can be picked up from our office Deadline for ordering is noon on Monday October 3, pickup will be available on Sunday October 9. Call the shul office or order directly using this form.

Sukkah Hop

As we will be missing our beloved Narayever sukkah again this year, we would love to turn the idea of a Sukkah Hop into reality! Did you know that welcoming guests (hachnasat orchim) into a sukkah is a mitzvah? We are looking for Narayever members who would be willing to open up their sukkah to the shul community for  ‘drop in’ style visits on the afternoon of Sunday, October 16.  If interested in participating, please send an email to by September 12 so that we can start coordinating.


Shemini Atzeret, with Yizkor and Tefilat Geshem, will be observed at Leo Baeck Day School on Monday October 17 at 9:30 am.

That night we are offering two Erev Simchat Torah events!

Join us on Monday, October 17 at 6:00 pm for a fun and engaging family-style program.  It will include snacks, storytelling, crafts, singing  and dancing with the Torah. The family-style program will be followed by an adult service at 7:30 pm with Torah reading and Hakafoft.

The next morning Tuesday October 18 beginning at 9:30 am we will dance with the Torah at our wonderfully festive Simchat Torah celebration, to close out this year’s yom tov season.

Click HERE to register for these services.

Remember – the Jewish holidays don’t end at break-the-fast at the end of Yom Kippur. All are welcome and encouraged to celebrate all the fall yom tovim. Watch Narayever Net for details and to register.


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