Guest Post by Olivia Hull on Sukkot Event

Guest Post by Olivia Hull:

This Sukkot will remembered for years to come by the teens and group leaders who spent a night under the moon and stars in the Hebrew Center sukkah. After a high school pizza dinner, which featured stimulating conversation about the significance holiday and the loved ones we invite to our sukkah as “ushpizin” or guests, we watched an Israeli movie which explores the idea of Ushpizin through a poignant and humorous narrative. The movie screening also featured popcorn and hot cocoa. When the credits rolled, we readied ourselves for bed, spread our sleeping bags across the tarp, and settled in for a sleep below a gibbous moon. Near midnight, the rhythmic spray of three sprinkler jets caught us by surprise, but the problem was quickly rectified by a resourceful chaperone. Sleep fell over us once again, and by morning, our sleeping bags were damp, but our bodies dry and rested.

Next year in the Negev!

Please note the following date corrections:
Hannukah party is Friday 12/19
Asian Pot Luck Student Led Service Friday 2/13

11/7 Schedule Change

Our 11/7 Student Led Service has been postponed.
There will be an exciting weekend program beginning that evening. Please help make the event a success by attending, spreading the word and if able assisting:

Jews and Food: An Exploration

Scholar-in-Residence Jacob Siegel, a rabbinic student and a professional Shochet (kosher slaughterer) will speak on topics relating to Judaism, food and Justice, as well as the process of kosher meat slaughter. He will be speaking at our Shabbat services (November 7th 5:30PM and November 8th 10:00AM) and doing a workshop and demonstration of kosher slaughter at the Grey Barn Farm in Chilmark on Sunday November 9th (time to be announced).
All are welcome!

Tot Shabbat & Events

It has been a wonderful month of holidays and simchas.
We will have some fabulous Tot Shabbat programs and programs for kids of all ages (2 – 120)
Friday 11/21 4:45PM Tot Shabbat
Sunday 11/23 11AM-3PM Artisan Fair & Bake Sale…Volunteers & Bakers needed (& shoppers!)
Community Hannukah Party for ALL on Friday 12/19 at 5:30PM – bring menorahs
Saturday 1/10/2015 5PM Havdalah & Chili
Friday 1/23 4:45PM Tot Shabbat
Friday 2/13 at 5:30 Student Led Service (& Asian potluck) – join us!
Wednesday 3/4 Purim Carnival & Celebration – don’t miss this
Friday 3/13 5:30 Shabbat Dinner for all
Friday 3/27 4:45PM Tot Shabbat preparing for Pesach

Volunteers still needed. See prior blog entries for dates. If I don’t hear from you I will assign dates.

Good Shabbos!


Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteer Dates 2014-15 – let me know what you can do – we need your help…

Wednesday 10/15 Simchat Torah need 3 volunteers

Friday 11/7/14 student led service need 3 volunteers

Friday 12/19/14 Hannukah party need 4 volunteers

Saturday 1/10/15 Chili Contest Havdalah need 2 volunteers

Friday 2/13/15 student led service Asian potluck need 3 volunteers

Friday 3/13/15 Shabbat dinner need 4 volunteers

Friday 5/15/15 Final potluck need 3 volunteers

This week!

Wednesday 10/15 5:30 Simchat Torah (no school) – with fabulous musicians
Thursday 10/16 9AM Torah Service & Yizkor
Saturday 10/18 Bat Mitzvah of Aynanna Fhagen-Smith! Klezmer band!
Sunday 10/19 Yiddish presentation with humor music & learning! Sponsored by Peony & Ayanna to continue the simcha
All week: grab a snack and relax in the Sukkah!

Last week’s food pantry delivery, 101 bags (no where near our record of 130+ need to check the log for specifics). Please continue to bring donations if you can.





Next Wednesday 10/15 we will meet at 5:30pm to celebrate Simchat Torah.
There will not be school at the regular time.

This will be counted as school attendance.
This is a meaningful and memorable holiday that children should not miss!
We have all shared Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, let’s finish the holidays together.
We will not serve dinner (though there will be treats for all) so please meal plan accordingly.

Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Immediately following Sukkot, we celebrate Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, a fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah and affirm Torah as one of the pillars on which we build our lives. As part of the celebration, the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of the fifth book of the Torah, D’varim (Deuteronomy), is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read. This practice represents the cyclical nature of the relationship between the Jewish people and the reading of the Torah.



This Wednesday is one of the students’ & community at large’s favorite events.
We will deliver the donated food to the Island Food Pantry, delve into some learning and then decorate the Sukkah. I have previewed some of the decorations and it will be spectacular. We can again be assured of a blue ribbon in the Dukes County Sukkah Contest!

And then join us at 5:30pm to share in the some of the mitzvot of Sukkot and then the annual…
Bring a vegetarian (no meat, dairy OK) soup, a salad or ask for an assignment. Let me know if you are able to assist at the event.

Coming up, not to be missed:
Saturday 10/11 10AM Bat Mitzvah of Rose Herman
Sunday 10/12 Teen class followed by a movie & sukkah sleepover for all ages (RSVP
Saturday 10/18 10AM Bat Mitzvah of Ayanna Fhagen-Smith

Some Menemsha residents have already completed their Sukkahs!