Hundreds of people of all ages participated in events and celebrations during the week-long Sukkot festival October 4-11. Sukkot is referred to in Judaism as "the time of our rejoicing," so JRCC branches each held family Sukkot parties featuring music, prizes, children’s entertainment, and holiday-themed crafts and activities that made the holiday spirit palpable – including, of course, eating in the Sukkah and shaking the lulav and etrog. In addition to the family parties, JRCC branches also hosted evenings specifically for adults to focus on their own spiritual growth and social activities, and to experience the joy of Sukkot and “Simchat Beit HaShoeva” in their own way. Each branch found their own way to warm up the chilly autumn evening, with the JRCC West Thornhill serving hot bowls of soups and coining their event “Soups in Sukkah,” while the JRCC S Richmond Hill & Maple and East Thornhill each hosted a “Sukkah Hop” that kept people moving from sukkah to sukkah in the neighborhood. Special events were also held for teens and seniors. In all, it is estimated that over 1,500 people participated in dozens of JRCC Sukkot events.


On Thursday evening, October 12, the joyous celebration of Simchat Torah was experienced in Jewish communities around the world. The joyous dancing of Simchat Torah was celebrated at six separate JRCC Simchat Torah events. Combined, about 2,500 participants enjoyed buffet dinners and l’chaim, followed by uplifting hakafot and dancing. Special programs and prize giveaways were organized for the children to help get them into the holiday spirit. The energy at the JRCC’s Simchat Torah was electrifying as always. All you had to do was walk into the room, and you were automatically swept up into the joyous spirit and just couldn’t help but join in the dancing


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