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In New York, how do you celebrate 1 day at the end of Succot?

Asked by pickleshy (40points) September 27th, 2010

Trying to observe the Israeli day with 1 day instead of 2, but it’s not possible in most synagogues. Are there any Israeli minyanim on the UWS that celebrate this way?

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mickhock's avatar

Which New York as there are many?

janbb's avatar

Why not just go on the day that is Israeli Simchat Torah and not on the second day? Is there a different service in Israel?

pickleshy's avatar

In Israel, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into one day. Outside of Israel, they fall on consecutive days. Simchat Torah falls after the last day – so if you celebrate it in synagogue in the US, it’s after the holiday is over. Unfortunately I’m not describing it well…

janbb's avatar

No, I understand. Just did a Google search and this one looks like it has what you want. You can read the description of how they celebrate Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah on their homepage.

pickleshy's avatar

Thanks, Jan. It’s interesting that the Reform movement celebrates them both on the same day! I was looking for an Orthodox solution, but this could be an out-of-the-box option for me!

janbb's avatar

Good – Chag Sameach! If you want to search for others, the search term I used was “Israel congregation New York City”.

answerjill's avatar

Are you sure that you don’t want to separate them while you are living in the US? I hear that in Israel, where ST and SA are on the same day, it is an extremely looong service. Two days allows you to break it up. I can see why you might want to avoid a 3-day chag, though…

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