On Tuesday evening, Jews around the world celebrated Simchat Torah, “Rejoicing in the Torah,” which commemorates the completion of the annual reading of the five Books of Moses. D.C.’s Adas Israel kicked it off in style with dancing, a children’s sing-along, and socializing for young adults.
The Three Martinis New Year’s Celebration is where hundreds of members of YP@AI gathered for food and drink. Beyond a sampling of chips, brownies and other snacks, we had our choice between three multicolored fruit martinis—apple, pomegranate, and citron. I tried the first, which was appropriately tinged bright green. 😛
An hour and a half into our revelry, the clergy of Adas Israel weaved its way in, holding aloft a few Torahs like the one pictured here. They invited us to join the rest of the congregation in traditional singing and dancing to herald in this religious cycle. The festivities were rambunctious, including adults, children and everyone in between. Several Torahs were passed between participants for each boisterous song. I left after only a half hour or so, but the party was still goin’ strong!
For more information on YP@AI, contact Elie Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that all Jews reading this had a joyous holiday.