Simchat Torah begins at sundown on Thursday, Sept. 26, on the heels of Shemini Atzeret, which begins at sundown Wednesday, Sept. 25. These are some events around the Valley that celebrate the joy of Torah that the Simchat Torah holiday represents. (These listings will be updated as Jewish News receives them.)
Chabad of Arizona: 5:45 p.m. Family hakafot, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. 602-944-2753 or http://www.chabadaz.com.
Chabad of Scottsdale: 7:15 p.m. dinner, hakafot and children's program. 10215 N. Scottsdale Road. 480-998-1410 or chabadofscottsdale.org.
Congregation Beth Israel: 5:30 p.m. nosh and bar; 6:15 p.m. service. 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Food, fun and dancing. 480-951-0323 or cbiaz.org.
Temple Solel Simchat Torah and Kindergarten Consecration: 5 p.m. adult service; 5:30 p.m. dinner and Kindergarten Consecration. 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. 480-991-7414 or templesolel.org.
Chabad of Arizona: 9:30 a.m. Yizkor; 7 p.m. Grand hakafot. 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. 602-944-2753 or chabadaz.com.
Chabad at ASU: 8:30-11 p.m. Food and hakafot. 480-736-8672 or jewishasu.com.
Chabad of Scottsdale: 7:15 p.m. dinner and hakafot. 10215 N. Scottsdale Road. 480-998-1410 or chabadofscottsdale.org.
Congregation Beth Tefillah: 6:30 p.m. prayer; 7:15 p.m. hakafot, 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale. 480-247-2891 or bethtefillahaz.org.
Congregation Or Chadash 'Dancing With the Torahs': 5:15 p.m. Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Music, singing and refreshments. 480-483-7121.
Har Zion Congregation 'Ruach Music Band': 7 p.m. 6140 E. Thunderbird Road, Scottsdale. Celebrate Erev Simchat Torah with music. 480-991-0720 or harzion.org.
Temple Chai 'Stroll Through the Scrolls’: 5:30 p.m. 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Interactive stroll through the five books of Moses, The Great Torah Reading, music and barbecue dinner. Register by Sept. 23: Sheana Abrams, 602-971-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chabad of Arizona: 9:30 a.m. hakafot. 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. 602-944-2753 or chabadaz.com.
Chabad of Scottsdale: 9:30a.m. service and hakafot; 11 a.m. lunch. 10215 N. Scottsdale Road. 480-998-1410 or chabadofscottsdale.org.
Congregation Beth Tefillah: 10:15 a.m. Hakafot, dancing and Torah reading. 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale. 480-247-2891 or bethtefillahaz.org.
Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley: 5:30 p.m. service and hakafot. (928) 204-1286 or jcsvv.org.
Temple Emanuel Simchat Torah and First Grade Consecration: 6:30 p.m. Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road. 480-838-1414 or emanueloftempe.org.