Simchat Torah Evening Services
October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
7:00pm Unrolling the Torah and B’nai mitzvah cohort maftir reading
7:30pm Maariv and Hakafot
In-person and livestreamed. Livestreaming information here. Advance registration by 9am Friday is required to attend in person (information and registration below).
Join us as we unroll the Torah scroll and the incoming b’nai mitzvah cohort reads their maftirs (in a socially-distant way). We will then continue with Maariv, Modified Hakafot (see below), and Torah reading. The livestream will be running for both the maftir readings and the service and hakafot, but please note that most of the “action” will be off the bimah and therefore not visible in the livestream.
What are Modified Hakafot?
We want to celebrate the gift of the Torah in a meaningful, safe, and joyful way. To that end, we will still be doing seven hakafot (circuits) around the sanctuary and social hall with the Torah scrolls. However, we will be using a rope with markings to keep everyone six feet apart while we parade around the room (which will be decorated with Torah-inspired artwork for the occasion!). We will not sing together communally, but one designee will sing from the bimah during the hakafot. We’re planning some safe silliness, and our other usual COVID precautions (masks required, open doors and windows, santizing before touching shared objects/surfaces) will remain in place.
All attendees must pre-register below by Friday morning at 9am. If you will be bringing family members (adults or children), please include their names when registering. **NEW** Registration for in-person services is now counted on a per-family basis. Please only register for one spot per family. Registration is limited to 43 families.
If you are having difficulty registering online, you can call our office at 206-534-0075.
- Anyone displaying possible symptoms of COVID may not attend. These symptoms include but are not limited to: Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fever; Chills; Muscle pain; Sore throat; New loss of taste or smell; Other symptoms as may be found here.
- If you are awaiting COVID test results, you may not attend.
- If you register and then cannot attend, please let us know so that we may offer your spot to someone else.
- If you develop COVID symptoms within 7 days after attending, please let us know.
- Attendees should provide their own siddur. (CBS members may check out a CBS siddur for use during pandemic. If borrowing for the current service, the used siddur must be placed in box labeled with the date.
- All participants must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the entire duration of the service, including service leaders/Torah readers/etc. Masks will be available for those who need one.
- Participants will maintain physical distance (6 feet) from each other (with the exception of those who live in the same household) at all times.
- Only the service leader/Torah reader/Haftarah reader will be permitted to sing; participants are encouraged to recite, read, mumble, meditate, whisper, listen, and hum.