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 nestled beneath the trees in Prospect Park. Use the Garfield Place entrance and turn left at the first stone path before you get to West Drive. Go past the first arch on your right (Meadowport Arch) and continue on the path. At the top of the hill, make a right at the fork, and you will see the CBE Sukkah on your right.

If you are coming from Grand Army Plaza, with your back to the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument, use the entrance to the right of the main drive. Follow the stone path and the CBE Sukkah will be on your left just before you get to Meadowport Arch.

Click here for a pin drop of the location.

Erev Sukkot and Kiddush
Sunday, October 9 at 6:30 PM — CBE Sukkah in Prospect Park
Help us welcome the harvest festival, and be among the first to enjoy our CBE Sukkah! There will be a light nosh, and drinks will be served, but feel free to bring your own.

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

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

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. Click here for a map and list of tables.
In the case of inclement weather, we will meet in the CBE Ballroom.

CBE Dayenu Circle Climate Action 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.


Kabbalat haTorah at CBE
Monday, October 17 at 6:00 PM — CBE Rotunda & Sanctuary
At 6:00 PM on Monday, October 17, all children, youth, and families are warmly invited to our Kabbalat haTorah celebration here in the CBE Sanctuary. We will celebrate all our new Yachad students. There will be mini Torahs! There will be sweets! There will be a giant Torah parade!

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. Join CBE and minyans across Brooklyn as we celebrate into the night. Click here for more information.