Sukkot is the last of the three pilgrimage festivals. Like Passover, and Shavuot, Sukkot has a dual significance: historical and agricultural. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters.

Sukkot lasts for seven days. The two days following the festival, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, are separate holidays but are related to Sukkot and are commonly thought of as part of Sukkot. On Shemini Atzeret we begin to pray for rain and also commemorate those who have died in the past year with Yizkor services. Simchat Torah is the holiday where we begin reading the Torah anew.


October 9–16, 2022

OCTOBER 17–18, 2022

This year, our CBE Sukkah will be in Prospect Park near the Meadowport Arch. We will be sharing a pin drop to the exact location in the park. An additional sukkah will be on 8th Avenue.

Erev Sukkot and Kiddush
Sunday, October 9 at 6:30 PM — CBE Sukkah in Prospect Park

Sukkot Festival Morning Service
Monday, October 10 at 9:30 AM — CBE Sukkah in Prospect Park

Antioch Baptist Church & CBE Sukkot Gathering
Monday, October 10 at 7:00 PM — CBE Sukkah in Prospect Park

Yachad High School Parent Night
Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 PM — 8th Avenue Sukkah

Young Member Kabbalat Shabbat with Jazz Quintet
Friday, October 14 at 6:30 PM — CBE Chapel

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, October 15 at 9:30 AM — CBE Sanctuary

Sukkot Block Party
Saturday, October 15 at 12:00–2:00 PM — Garfield Place between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West
After services, come have fun outdoors with your CBE community. Food! Music! Games for kids! And a chance to learn about all of the amazing things happening at CBE and how you can connect with others and get involved.
In the case of inclement weather, we will meet in the CBE Ballroom.

CBE Dayenu Circle Climate Change Event
Saturday, October 15 at 2:30–4:30 PM — CBE Ballroom
Join Bill McKibben, Mary Powell, Brad Lander, and the CBE Dayenu Circle to get to work on protecting our climate. Please register here. 

Sukkot Yizkor
Sunday, October 16 at 6:30 PM — CBE Chapel


Simchat Torah, שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה, “Rejoicing of Torah” is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei.

The Simchat Torah festivities begin with the evening service. The synagogue’s Torah scrolls are removed from the ark and carried in a series of seven hakafot (circuits). Although each hakafa need only encompass one circuit, the dancing and singing with the Torah often continues much longer, and often overflows from the synagogues onto the streets.


Simchat Torah at CBE
Monday, October 17 at 5:30 PM — CBE Rotunda & Sanctuary
Our family celebration! More information to come.

Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn
Monday, October 17 at 8:00 PM — Grand Army Plaza
Our borough’s annual opportunity to rejoice, sing, and dance with sacred scrolls. Click here for more information.