Shemini Atzeret

The  day after the seventh day of Sukkot, Tishri 22, is the holiday Shemini Atzeret. 

Shemini Atzeret literally means "the assembly of the eighth (day)." Rabbinic literature explains the holiday this way: our Creator is like a host, who invites us as visitors for a limited time, but when the time comes for us to leave, He has enjoyed himself so much that He asks us to stay another day. Another related explanation: Sukkot is a holiday intended for all of mankind, but when Sukkot is over, the Creator invites the Jewish people to stay for an extra day, for a more intimate celebration.

Shemini Atzeret is a holiday in its own right and does not involve some of the special observances of Sukkot. We do not take up the lulav and etrog on these days, and our dwelling in the sukkah is more limited, and performed without reciting a blessing.

Shemini Atzeret is a day on which work is not permitted. 



Source: Bard, Mitchell G. Jewish Holidays: Shemini Atzeret, 1998 
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/holiday5.html

Service Times

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Sunday Sep 23, 2018 / 14th of Tishrei, 5779
Erev Sukkot
Minha 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:57 PM

Monday Sep 24, 2018 / 15th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot I
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 7:00 PM
Candle Lighting not before 7:53 PM

Tuesday Sep 25, 2018 / 16th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot II
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 7:00 PM
Havdalah 7:55 PM

Wednesday Sep 26, 2018 / 17th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot III
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 6:00 PM

Thursday Sep 27, 2018 / 18th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot IV
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 6:00 PM

Friday Sep 28, 2018 / 19th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot V
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:47 PM

Saturday Sep 29, 2018 / 20th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot VI
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 6:45 PM
Havdalah 7:48 PM

Sunday Sep 30, 2018 / 21st of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot VII
Services 8:30 AM
Erev Shmini Atzeret
Minha 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:44 PM

Monday Oct 01, 2018 / 22nd of Tishrei, 5779
Shmini Atzeret
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Erev Simchat Torah
Minha 6:45 PM
Candle Lighting not before 7:41 PM

Tuesday Oct 02, 2018 / 23rd of Tishrei, 5779
Simchat Torah
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 6:45 PM
Havdalah 7:42 PM