Sukkot

Entering the year 5781, we continue to sense the timely relevance of our calendar’s Festivals. The importance of meeting COVID’s demands – the physical and the financial, the emotional and the spiritual – remain our foremost priority. Being careful and kind are as essential now as they have been since last March. We now turn to Sukkot, a Festival associated with both fragility and with joy. We hope you’ll add your willing hearts and hands to opportunities to continue to make this a season that offers spiritual nourishment to all.

Sukkot and Simchat Torah Services & Programming

Wednesday, October 7

Mishna-in-a-minute:15 Minutes of Learning with Rabbi Starr
12:20PM Mincha

7:00PM Maariv
8:30PM Sukkot sermon slam

Thursday, October 8, 2020

6:45AM Shacharit
Mishna-in-a-minute:15 Minutes of Learning with Rabbi Starr
12:20PM Mincha

7:00PM Maariv

Friday, October 9, 2020 

6:45AM Shacharit | Register for in-person
Mishna-in-a-minute:15 Minutes of Learning with Rabbi Starr
12:20PM Mincha
5:45PM Abbreviated Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Maariv

Saturday, October 10, 2020
9:00AM Shacharit; in-person minimal Minyan begins at 9:45AM in Sanctuary indoor region | Register for in-person
10:05am Reading of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes)
10:25am Torah service
10:55am Yizkor Service
Musaf includes Tefillat Geshem, beginning our daily prayers acknowledging rainfall.
6:15PM Mincha | Register for in-person
6:30PM Leyl Simchat Torah
7PM Maariv for Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 11, 2020
9:00AM Shacharit; in-person (register) Minyan from 10:00-11:00AM with family-friendly safe outdoor hakafah at 10:45AM.

For the children and families in our community,  please find a Simchat Torah Activity Sheet here.  These projects can be completed at home and brought to our hakafah on Sunday morning, or done at home as a way to celebrate with your family.

6:15PM Mincha
6:40PM Maariv
6:50PM Havdalah 

To join an in-person service, please pre-register by emailing the KI office through the button below or call 617.277.9155

Sukkot Guide & Rituals

Chol Hamoed, Intermediate Days of Sukkot – October 5-8

Morning Services 6:45AM
6:45AM Hallel recited with lulavim
Hoshanot procession with lulavim

In Person participation on Monday and Friday only
Afternoon Services
6:45PM Monday, October 5
12:20PM Tuesday – Friday, October 5-9 (until March 2021)
Evening Services 7:00PM (Tuesday, October 6 to Thursday, October 8)


HoShannah Rabba – October 9

Home Ritual
Light Shabbat and Shemini Atzeret candles no later than 5:53PM.
Shabbat rituals take place in the sukkah. 

Morning Services 6:45AM Extra willows are beaten on the ground as a prayer for rain
Evening Services 5:45PM – Erev Shemini Atzeret
5:45PM Abbreviated Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Maariv


Shemini Atzeret – October 10

Home Ritual
Festival Candles are lit at home from an existing flame at or after 6:52PM with the blessing l’hadlik ner shel yom tov. Festival kiddush is recited to begin the evening meal.

Morning Services, 9:00am
9:45AM Hallel without lulav cluster; Hoshanot (circular procession)
10:05AM Reading of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes)
10:25AM Torah service
10:55AM Yizkor Service
Musaf includes Tefillat Geshem, beginning our daily prayers acknowledging rainfall.
Afternoon Services 6:15PM
Mincha followed by learning and Maariv
Leyl Simchat Torah 6:30PM


Simchat Torah – October 11

Morning Services 9:00AM
9:45AM Hallel
10:05AM Hakafot (dancing with the Torah scrolls)
Afternoon and Evening Services 6:15PM
Havdalah 6:50PM