What is Simchat Torah?
Simchat Torah is one of the most joyful celebrations in the Jewish calendar. It is the holiday that honors the ending of the annual cycle of reading the Torah and the beginning of the new one. It happens right after Sukkot (the day after it ends), the eight-day period of Sukkot and Simchat Torah is called Shmini Hatzeret. Most of the celebration happens inside the synagogues, where people dance and sing with the Torah.
Traditions of Simchat Torah
In Simchat Torah observant Jews usually go to the synagogue to read the last part of the Torah and end that cycle, and begin a new one reading the first part. This is a very happy celebration, they dance and sing with the Torah and usually kids get candy on this Holiday.
Surviving Simchat Torah in Israel
Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, kosher bars and restaurants are closed and there is no public transportation.
Synagogues in Tel Aviv For Simchat Torah
If you are looking for a synagogue during Simchat Torah, check out Secret Tel Aviv’s ‘Guide to Olim Friendly Synagogues’.
Learn more about holidays in Israel – Check out our Holidays in Israel Guide!
Traveling to Tel Aviv for the Holiday?
Where to stay?
Your first step is to find somewhere to sleep. We have guides for all of the Best Hotels in Israel, including Tel Aviv’s Best Hotels (best of the best), Tel Aviv’s Best Boutique Hotels (exclusive and tasteful) and Tel Aviv’s Best Hostels (fun and affordable)! You can book hotels directly through Secret Tel Aviv’s Booking.com Platform. (That amazing pool on the left belongs to The Norman Tel Aviv).
Get to know Israel
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What to do during the week?
Tel Aviv is full of cool things to do! One of the favorite activities in the city is going to the beach to relax during the summer, exercise or play a sport. Check out our events calendar to find Tel Aviv’s best parties, and our weekly newsletter for the top weekly tips, including pop up markets, concerts and exhibitions, escape rooms and other cool activities. Check out our Top Things to Do in Tel Aviv guide for more ideas!