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Holiday Guide

The next holiday is Hanukkah, which will start at sundown on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Hannuakah

Shabbat begins at sundown every Friday night

Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, is the one Jewish holiday during which we are commanded to be joyous. During Sukkot we remember the wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt. We also celebrate the fall agricultural harvest. Did you know that Sukkot is one of three pilgrimage festivals, and in ancient days, was one of the times when people made their way to Jerusalem? Pesach and Shavuot are the other two pilgrimage festivals.
 

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah celebrated either on Tuesday, September 28 or Wednesday, September 29 (depending on one’s custom). 

At the end of the Sukkot holiday, two additional holidays are celebrated – Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Shemini Atzeret is when people would typically return to their homes after the Sukkot holiday. Simchat Torah, which translates to the joy of Torah, is when we both end and begin the cycle of Torah (Five Books of Moses) stories again. During this period, it is customary to wish one another a chag sameach, a happy holiday.

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah Resources

 

BimBam

Learn the basics and gain confidence about Jewish holidays and traditions through short and engaging videos. This site features a short Lego animation film and a new way to think about Ecclesiastes. 

https://www.bimbam.com/judaism-101/sukkot/

Blue Dove Foundation

The Blue Dove Foundation was created to help address the issues of mental illness and addiction in the Jewish community and beyond. They provide thoughtful resources connected with each of the Jewish holidays in addition to other information and workshops.
https://thebluedovefoundation.org/sukkots-connection-to-mental-health/
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/shemini-atzeretsimchat-torah-101/

My Jewish Learning
Read about the holiday’s history and ways to celebrate at home and with community.
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sukkot-101/
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/shemini-atzeretsimchat-torah-101/

PJ Library
A one-stop site for families with young children.
https://pjlibrary.org/sukkot
https://pjlibrary.org/high-holidays-at-home/sukkot-simchat-torah

JewBelong
https://www.jewbelong.com/holidays/those-other-holidays/

For additional resources, contact Jennifer Selco, Director of Jewish Life & Learning at the Tucson J (jselco@tucsonjcc.org or 520-299-3000 x106).

Synagogues in Tucson


Congregation Anshei Israel (Conservative)
(520) 745-5550

Congregation Beit Simcha (Reform)
(520) 276-5675

Congregation Bet Shalom (Traditional Egalitarian)
(520) 577-1171

Beth Shalom Temple Center (Non-denominational)
(520) 648-6690

Congregation Chaverim (Reform)

(520) 320-1015con

Congregation Chofetz Chayim (Orthodox)
(520) 747-7780

The Secular Humanist Jewish Circle 
(520) 296-3762

 

Temple Emanu-El (Reform)

(520) 327-4501

Institute for Judaic Services and Study (Saddlebrook)
(520) 825-8175

Congregation M’kor Hayim (Reform)
(520) 305-8208

Congregation Or Chadash (Reform)
(520) 512-8500

Chabad of Oro Valley (Chabad)
(520) 477-8672

Chabad of Sierra Vista (Chabad)
(520) 820-6256

The Shul of Tucson (Orthodox)
(520) 326-8362

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