When is Simchat Torah

The date of Simchat Torah 2015 is Tuesday 6 October 2015.

All Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown, therefore observing Jews will start celebrating Simchat Torah at sunset on Monday 5 October 2015.  Celebrations end in the evening of Tuesday 6 October 2015.

Date of Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah marks the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings and falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of 22-23 Tishrei.

About Simchat Torah

The Jewish holiday Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah) marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the start of a new cycle.

On Simchat Torah morning, synagogue readings start with the final part of the Torah, the last parashah of Deuteronomy. They then immediately move on to the first parashah of Genesis, thus beginning a new cycle of the Torah.

Completing the readings is a time of great celebration. Part of this service includes the opening of the ark and the procession of the Torah scrolls around the synagogue seven times. The procession is accompanied by singing, dancing, banners and candles.