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Simchat Torah

2015/5776 Simchat Torah Celebration

Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am

Please join us for one of the most amazing Jewish experiences you will ever have as we unroll the Torah and celebrate! We will also formally welcome our kindergarten and new students to the CRC Religious School community in a ceremony where they will receive their very own Torah scroll.

We are so excited to announce that the service will once again feature a performance by the band Klezundheit!, which has performed at CRC for every Simchat Torah since 1999. Klezundheit! has also performed on KFUO’s radio show “Live from the Garden,” and has played concerts and church services at various locations around St Louis, most memorably a Lutheran Mass with all Klezmer music. They have performed two concerts in Asuncion Paraguay, and last January performed at the international “Music in the Mountains” festival in Posos de Caldas, Brazil. Klezundheit! is directed by Bob Herman, and features Paul Wexler on clarinet, Tom Bruce on trumpet, Paul Huppert on violin, Bob Miller on trombone and Leon Burke, vocals.

Everyone present helps hold up their part of the Torah and gets to watch it roll by as we unroll it. Children (and some adults) like to sit on the floor in the aisle and watch the Torah roll over their heads. It's a happy festive holiday for the whole family.


 About Simchat Torah: Rejoicing in the Torah

On Simchat Torah, we celebrate the completion of once again finishing the reading of the Five Books of Moses. Our synagogue was built so that the Torah could be unrolled on the bimah and stretched straight to a wall on the other side of the building where we start rolling the Torah back the other way so we can begin reading with Genesis 1 once again. Join us on Simchat Torah to sing, dance and celebrate!



Photo: "Lifted by Hope & Unity" by Jeane Vogel Photography