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Sukkot, meaning “booths,” is the festival which falls immediately after Yom Kippur and commemorates our time wandering in the desert, as well as the harvest of barley and wheat. In ancient days our people made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, to thank God for the harvest and to bring produce as offerings. Today, we build booths, sukkot, in our gardens to remind us of the dual nature of the holiday: the booths in which we dwelled during our desert wanderings and the booths in which we lived during the gathering of the harvest. We decorate our sukkot to make them beautiful and comfortable places in which to live. It is customary to eat at least one meal in the sukkah during the festival. We also wave a lulav and etrog whilst reciting blessings and praise of God. The lulav is a palm, willow and myrtle tied together and the etrog, a citrus fruit. The festival of Sukkot, with the fragility of the Sukkah and the temporal nature of the lulav and etrog reminds us of the themes of the Yanim Nora’nim and our gratitude for our lives at this time.

During Sukkot we have services at the beginning and end of the festival which provides an opportunity to wave the lulav and recite the prayers of thanksgiving. And this year will be the first Sukkot Live service during the Shabbat of Sukkot. Every year we have a special activity to decorate the sukkah. We invite everyone, but especially the younger members of the congregation to come and beautify our sukkah. The evening sukkot services begin straight after the decorating and then we will join together for a light dinner. So come to decorate, for a short service and stay afterwards for a meal in the sukkah. We will provide the food and you provide the company. It is a great way to celebrate the festival and get to know others in the congregational family.

Sukkah Decorating and Dinner | Sunday 9 October, 2022

We invite you to join us to decorate our sukkah on the first evening of Sukkot. We will supply all the craft materials and we need you to help us make our sukkah the most spectacular of all! After the decorations are hung, we will enjoy a small snack, have a quick service and then dinner together in and around the sukkah.

Sukkah | Emanuel Synagogue

5:30 pm – Decorating

6:15 pm – Services

6:45 pm – Dinner



First Day Evening Service | Sunday 9 October, 2022

6:15 pm – 1st Day Evening

Neuweg Sanctuary | Emanuel Synagogue

First Day Morning | Monday 10 October, 2022

9:00 am – 1st Day — Morning

Millie Phillips Building | Emanuel Synagogue

10:00 am – Sukkot Embrace  | ▶ This service will also be live streamed, click here to watch

Neuweg Sanctuary | Emanuel Synagogue 

Second Day Morning | Tuesday 11 October, 2022

9:00 am – 2nd Day — Morning

Millie Phillips Building | Emanuel Synagogue


Sukkot Music Festival | Thursday 13 October, 2022

7:30 pm – Sukkot Music Festival 

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Sukkot Live | Saturday 15 October, 2022

10:00 am – Sukkot Live (Shabbat) 

Millie Phillips Building | Emanuel Synagogue  | ▶ This service will also be live streamed, click here to watch

Hoshana Raba | Sunday 16 October, 2022

9:00 am – Hoshana Raba

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Hoshana Raba is the extraordinary culmination of the process of interception and repentance we began at the new moon of Elul and explored deeply over Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. At this service, we have seven circuits around the Bimah with our lulov and etrog as we pray for peace and healing and a good year of blessing.

If you haven’t ever experienced this, you have no clue what you are missing. The service is followed by Shaksukah in the Sukkah.

Shemini Atzeret


There is a legend that God so enjoyed the pilgrimage festival of Sukkot that God did not want it to end so God added an extra day to the festival and called it Shemini Atzeret. During the morning service of Shemini Atzeret, we add the prayers for Yizkor.

Shemini Atzeret | Monday 17 October, 2022

9:00 am – Morning Service (including Yizkor) Masorti

Millie Phillips Building | Emanuel Synagogue

10:00 am – Morning Service (including Yizkor) Progressive

Neuweg Sanctuary | Emanuel Synagogue 

Simchat Torah


Simchat Torah, the celebration and joy of the Torah, is the time when we conclude the reading of the scroll and then read from the beginning again. It is a festival of great joy and merriment where we dance with the Torah and sing in celebration of the gift God gave to us. We also honour two special congregants with the first and last Aliyah of the reading cycle.

Simchat Torah | Monday 17 October, 2022

6:15 pm – Evening service and dancing with the Torah 

Millie Phillips Building | Emanuel Synagogue

For Simchat Torah evening our band will energise the crowd as we dance with the Torah. We will complete the traditional seven circuits of the sanctuary and everyone who chooses to join our band and put on your dancing shoes to celebrate the completion of the Torah.

Simchat Torah | Tuesday 18 October, 2022

9:00 am – Morning Service 

Neuweg Sanctuary | Emanuel Synagogue

Schedule & Information

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Have Questions

Please contact the Emanuel Synagogue office on (02) 9389 6444 or email info@emanuel.org.au if have you questions about the High Holy Days 2022.


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7 Ocean Street
Woollahra, NSW 2025


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Yizkor Memorial Book

An important part of our Yamim Nora’im commemoration is the Yizkor (memorial) service, when we remember our loved ones who are no longer with us. The names of those who have died since last Yom Kippur are read out.

In addition, we produce a Memorial Book which is placed in the Ark next to the Sifrei Torah as a gesture of respect and honour for those who have died.