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.

This year, our Sukkah will be outside the sanctuary building of CBE.


Erev Sukkot and Kiddush
Monday, September 20 at 6:30 PM – CBE Sukkah 

Sukkot Festival Morning Service
Tuesday, September 21 at 9:30 AM – CBE Sukkah

Sukkot With CBE Young Members and Rabbi Matt Green
Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 PM – CBE Sukkah. Click here to RSVP

Sukkot Block Party
Saturday, September 25 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Garfield Place between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West
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.

The CBE Refugee Task Force will be collecting items for Ruth’s Refuge at the block party. Please click here to learn more.

Sukkot Yizkor Service
Monday, September 27 at 6:30 PM – CBE Sanctuary & Zoom


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 for Families and Welcoming New Yachad Students
Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30 PM – CBE Sanctuary
All children, youth, and families are warmly invited to our Kabbalat HaTorah celebration. There will be mini-Torahs! There will be sweets!  There will be a giant Torah parade! We will welcome a Torah scroll from Union Temple and welcome all of our new learners to CBE. Click here to RSVP.
There have been updates to this event due to the weather forecast. Please note:

  • This will still take place starting at 5:30 PM.
  • We will be in the CBE sanctuary instead of on and around the steps outside.
  • We ask that you spread out and sit with your immediate family and remain three feet apart from other families.
  • Everyone over age 12 will need to show proof of vaccination.
  • Everyone will need to remain masked at all times.
  • Unfortunately, there will not be pizza, but there will still be a sweet treat handed to each student on their way out.
  • There will be a special ritual with one of the Torahs from Union Temple, but everything will take place in the CBE sanctuary. Please do not meet at 4:30 at 17 Eastern Parkway.
  • We can’t wait to celebrate with everyone who registered!

Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn
Tuesday, September 28 at 8:00 PM – Grand Army Plaza
Our borough’s 10th annual opportunity to rejoice, sing, and dance with sacred scrolls – in person and over Zoom! For more information click here for the Facebook event. You can also register for the Zoom link.

At 8:00 PM, join Rabbi Timoner and Rabbi Kolin at the Union Temple Building at 17 Eastern Parkway as we honor the Union Temple Torah scrolls and bring them to Grand Army Plaza where we will dance with them for the first hakafah of Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn and then bring them safely to live in the CBE arks so that they can be read and used throughout the year. If it’s raining, someone will then drive the Torah scrolls over to the CBE sanctuary.

IN CASE OF RAIN: 1. The overall programming will begin in the CBE sanctuary (271 Garfield Place, Northeast corner of 8th Avenue) at 8:00 PM — anyone who joins the ritual at the UT building will hopefully head over to CBE for the rest of the evening; 2. Everyone who joins us in the sanctuary will need to show proof of vaccination prior to entry; 3. Everyone will need to remain masked at all times. If it is your custom not to use electricity on a holiday, we will be dancing in the CBE sanctuary if we are not at Grand Army Plaza. Please be sure to bring a mask, physical ID, and physical proof of vaccination with you just in case.