Chag Sameach!

We are excited to welcome you to join us for our Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah celebrations.

Sukkot Happenings

October 9-16
Sukkot is the celebration of sacred time with its ties to nature, the Sukkah, and the successful conclusion of the High Holiday season. Please stay tuned for opportunities to gather with friends and community for food, prayer, study, conversation, and fun

Sukkah Build and Decoration

Sunday, October 9 – Build: 7:30-10:30am | Decorate: 10:30am-12pm

Join the Men’s Club and the Sisterhood for our annual Sukkah build and decoration following Yom Kippur in the Holzman Plaza. If you would like to volunteer with building, contact If you would like to volunteer for decorating, contact

The tear-down will be on Sunday, October 23, 8-11am.


Sunday, October 9
Erev Sukkot (no service)

Monday-Tuesday, October 10-11
9:30am: Sukkot Services (kiddush lunch to follow)

Wednesday-Thursday, October 12-13
7:00am: Morning Minyan Chol HaMoed Sukkot Service

Friday, October 14
7:00am: Morning Minyan Chol HaMoed Sukkot Service
6:15pm: Friday Evening Festival Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 15
9:30am: Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot Service

Sunday, October 16
9:00am: Hoshana Rabah Service

Hoshana Rabah comes toward the end of Sukkot. The ancient custom of beating willow branches at the conclusion of morning services pulls back the curtain on early Judaism and our land-based rituals. In a time of renewed environmental concerns, this unusual tradition has regained its relevance.

Our Sukkah is Your Sukkah: Drop-in
We welcome you to pack a brown bag/picnic-style lunch and gather with your family and friends in our sukkah on the Holzman Plaza. No registration needed.

Open dates and times:

  • Monday, October 10, 5-8pm
  • Wednesday, October 12, 12-2pm
  • Thursday, October 13, 5-8pm
  • Sunday, October 16, 12-2pm & 5-8pm

CNS Young Adults Happy Hour in the Sukkah

Erev Sukkot, Sunday, October 9th, 5:00pm

Connect with CNS clergy and other CNS Young Adults (ages 21-35) as we welcome Sukkot with appetizers and drinks. Registration required.

Wondering Jews: Thoughts on Home During Sukkot with Rabbi Kosak

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 12:30pm

Congregants of all ages are invited to join CNS Wondering Jews as Rabbi Kosak reflects on what he did and learned during Sabbatical. This presentation will follow Sukkot Day 2 services and oneg in the sukkah.

Men’s Club and Sisterhood evening in the Sukkah

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 6:00pm

Join Men’s Club and Sisterhood in celebrating Sukkot. We will be having a themed potluck dairy meal.

Contact: Zachary Horowitz or
Michelle Iimori-Goldenberg

Wise Women Brown Bag Lunch in the Sukkah

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:15pm

Wise Women is a friendly group that provides an opportunity for women to come together, socialize, and empower one another in a casual environment, in this case, in the CNS Sukkah! Open to all ages and stages, this is a great chance to foster friendship within our kehillah. Pack a lunch and join us!

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service

The strength of the Jewish family depends on an inter­generational covenant of mutual concern. One way we demonstrate that is at Yizkor services, when we reflect on those who came before us. This is a powerful moment to replenish our memories and our love of those we have lost.


Monday, October 17
9:30am Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service

Simchat Torah

October 17-18
Simchat Torah celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle.

Young Family Erev Simchat Torah Program

Monday, October 17, 5:15pm

Young families are invited to join us for a very special Simchat Torah program, specific for our younger friends. After this program, you can stick around for the community-wide celebration.

Erev Simchat Torah: A Celebration

Monday, October 17, 6:00pm Dinner | 7:00pm Service

After a month of holidays, we’re celebrating the renewal of the Torah at Erev Simchat Torah with Cantor Bitton and a live band. The service and band are free and open to the community. Families are welcome! Cost for dinner: $18/adults, $12/kids; $54/family max.

Tuesday, October 18

9:30am: Simchat Torah Morning Service


As you have read throughout this booklet, there are multiple ways to participate during this year’s High Holy Days: inside, outside, and online. If you are coming to the building for in-person services, here is our current policy.


Only come to the CNS building if you are feeling healthy. Do not come to CNS if you’re feeling ill and for sure, do not come to CNS if you have COVID – even if you are asymptomatic.


Vaccination is expected and required for all congregants, guests, and visitors who are eligible and will be in the building for more than 15 minutes. Children under the age of 6 months and those not eligible for vaccination are welcome to attend services/programs in the building.

Masking While at CNS

During the High Holy Days, all congregants and guests are required to wear appropriate and correctly fitted (covering nose and mouth) facemasks in all public indoor spaces at CNS. Face shields without a mask are not allowed. This is due to the volume of people expected in the building and is different than our regular policy of masks being encouraged but not required.

Note that clergy and service participants may choose not to wear facemasks during the time they are leading and participating in the service from the bima.


For the safety of our congregation, we suggest everyone who is attending take a Covid-19 test prior to attending services. Reminder that there is a free Covid testing clinic in the lower Neveh Shalom parking lot, though do note that they will be closed on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur, and will be closing early on Erev Yom Kippur.

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