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Simchat Torah/SimTOT Torah

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Date(s) - 10/12/2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Thursday, October 12

5:30 pm – SimTOT Torah

Our youngest congregants will join Miss Eadie for their own fun celebration.

6:00 pm – Simchat Torah

We’ll sing and dance with the Torah, enjoy yummy snacks and beverages, and join our annual “Scroll Roll” to see the entire Torah scroll unrolled. Our kindergarten kids will receive their special Torahs and our youngest congregants will enjoy a special SimTot Torah celebration.

Friday, October 13 – 9:30 am

We are excited to honor Steve Riekes as Hattan Torah and Sibby & Bob Wolfson as Hattan Kallah Breisheit during this year’s Simchat Torah morning service.

Steve has been an active member of Beth El for his entire life. He leads the Sunday morning Bible study session and is a frequent Minyannaire. He is also a regular at Shabbat morning services, and is one of our most dependable Torah readers. Steve’s commitment to Beth El is unwavering, and the entire Riekes family has provided tremendous generosity and support for our congregation. As a long-term, established member of our congregation, it is our honor to have Steve “finish the year” as Hattan Torah.

Bob and Sibby are “newcomers” to Beth El, having returned to the community after many years living and working in New York. Bob grew up at Beth El, and since their return to Omaha, he and Sibby have jumped back into our congregation and our community. Sibby has been helping Allison and Rabbi in an administrative support role, while Bob has taken on the role of chairman of our newly formed Inclusion Committee. Bob and Sibby are regulars at services as well. As relative “newcomers,” it is our honor to have Sibby and Bob “open the year” as Hattan Kallah Breisheit.

In addition to recognizing our wonderful honorees, the Simchat Torah morning service is often described as the most fun service of the year. As we celebrate the conclusion of the last Torah reading and begin reading Genesis anew, we’ll dance with the Torah, quench our thirst and have a nosh – while familiar prayers are chanted to some off-beat tunes. We hope you’ll join us for this memorable experience!