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Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah falls near the end of the Jewish month of Tishrei, in September or October.

Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of one year's cycle of weekly Torah readings during Shabbat services and the beginning of another. Synagogues' Torah scrolls are brought out to the congregation for singing and dancing, which sometimes spills into the street outside. Some unroll an entire Torah scroll while the congregation stands in a circle and holds it. The last Torah portion is read as many times as necessary so that all those who wish to can be honored with an aliyah, an opportunity to say a blessing before and after the Torah reading.

Chabad Center for Jewish Life: Orthodox | 2640 W. 96th St., Carmel | 317-251-5573 | |

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck: Reconstructionist/Conservative | 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis | 317-253-3441 | |

Congregation Beth Shalom: Reform | 849 W. 96th St., Indianapolis | 317-306-5644 | |

Congregation B'nai Torah: Orthodox | 6510 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | 317-253-5253 | |

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla: Conservative | 3085 W. 116th St., Carmel | 317-733-2169 | |

Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation: Sephardic Orthodox | 6939 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | 317-251-6220 | |

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation: Reform | 6501 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis | 317-255-6647 | |

 Simchat Torah

 Beth-El Zedeck

 Sun., Sept. 30, 6 pm

 Consecration and celebration

 Etz Chaim

 Sun., Sept. 30 and Mon., Oct. 1, 7 pm

 Dancing with the Torah


 Sun., Sept. 30, 12:30 pm


 Sun., Sept. 30, 5 pm

 Study sessions

 Shaarey Tefilla

 Mon., Oct. 1, 6:45-8:30 pm

 Evening service; ice cream social to follow