United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah, Hebrew for “Rejoicing in the Law”, celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.

On Erev Simchat Torah the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue. We unroll the entire Torah around the sanctuary then read the concluding section of Deuteronomy and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit as it is called in Hebrew. On this evening, we also consecrate our new religious school students by calling them to the bimah for a special blessing.

Simchat Torah 2020

Friday, October 9

Shabbat Service
6:30 p.m.—UH parking lot and Livestream
Space is limited. Please make your reservation here or by calling Jackie Carper at 314-469-0700.
In addition to the Simchat Torah Shabbat Service, we will also do a car parade for the hakafah as we “follow” a vehicle with the Torah around the parking lot as we listen to Cantor Eichaker sing over the radio.

*In person programs are subject to the St. Louis County guidelines at the time of the service. If it is raining, the service will be livestream only.

Saturday, October 10

Simchat Torah Shabbat Morning Service and Yizkor
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – Livestream

For more on the history and traditions of Simchat Torah, click here.