53 Lois Street, North Adams, 9am
“Shemini Atzeret” means “the pause of the 8th day.” After the seven days of Sukkot, this 8th day is when God says to us: don’t go yet! Linger just a little longer? Join us for a service led by Rabbi Pam Wax which will include Yizkor (this is one of the year’s four opportunities to remember our beloveds who have died) and will also include the reading of the beginning and the end of the Torah for those who may not make it to Simchat Torah evening celebrations.
Williams College, Williamstown, 7:30pm
“Simchat Torah” means “Rejoicing in the Torah,” and that’s exactly what we’ll do. This holiday’s celebration, led by Cantor Bob Scherr, will feature the traditional seven hakafot (circles danced around the building) with the Torah, lots of singing, the reading of the end and the begining of the Torah, and “traditional beverages of celebration.” Non-alcoholic options will also be provided. All are welcome.