Here's the details of all the different ways we spend time celebrating the Torah on Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Schedule for Simchat Torah 5784

Friday, October 6, 2023 (evening): : SHMINI ATZERET
6:05 p.m.         Candlelighting (after this time from pre-existing flame)
6:15 p.m.         Mincha & Kabbalat Shabat
6:53 p.m.         Maariv
7:05 p.m.         Kiddush in the Sukkah before Hakafot, Candlelighting for women available
7:30 p.m.        Hakafot

Shabbat, October 7, 2023 (morning): SHMINI ATZERET
9:00 a.m.         Shacharit
10:45 a.m.       Yizkor (approximate)

5:00 p.m.         “Farewell to the Sukkah” Farbrengen in the Shul Sukkah 

Shabbat, October 7, 2023 (evening): SIMCHAT TORAH
6:00 p.m.         Mincha
7:05 p.m.         Candlelighting after this time from pre-existing flame (available at shul)
7:05 p.m.         Maariv
7:15 p.m.         Kiddush before Hakafot
7:45 p.m.         Auction and Ata Horaisa
8:55 p.m.         Hakafot and Joyous Dancing
    After Hakafot: Farbrengen/Yom Tov Seudah 

Sunday, October 8, 2023 (morning): SIMCHAT TORAH
9:00 a.m.         Shacharis
10:00 a.m.       Breakfast Kiddush
10:30 a.m.       Breakfast closes
                        Auction and Ato Horaisa
11:50 a.m.       Hakafos Recitation Begins
12:15 p.m.      Dancing with Torahs

                        followed by Torah Reading and Musaf
2:00 p.m.         Musaf ends; Simchas Torah Lunch Seudah (RSVP required)
5:45 p.m.         Mincha
                        followed by Seudah/Farbrengen
7:03 p.m.         Maariv and Yom Tov ends