The House of Study: Texts and Topics in Jewish Life Today

Start your day right with Rabbi Andy in this text study and discussion group, open to all adults. Daily topics are as follows:

Sunday: Topics in Contemporary Israel
Monday: Torah Study
Tuesday: Topics in American Jewry
Wednesday: Topics in Theology
Thursday: Torah Study
Friday: Topics in Contemporary Politics
Shabbat: Torah Study

Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 824 5721 4121; Password: AKIVA)

Simchat Torah

Each week, Jews around the world read a single Torah portion, and we make our way through the entire Torah over the course of a year. On the joyful and festive holiday of Simchat Torah, we complete this annual Torah reading cycle… and begin it again anew!


Every winter, when the days are short and cold, we celebrate Hanukkah, during which we commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over an oppressive regime that did not allow Jews to practice Judaism. We also celebrate the beauty of light in the darkness by telling the miraculous story of a jug of oil that was supposed to light a menorah (candelabra) for only one night but instead lasted for eight! It is customary to eat oily foods on this holiday, including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).