Simchat Torah

On Simchat Torah, we celebrate the completion of the yearly cycle of Torah readings and begin it anew. This symbolizes that our passion for spiritual completeness never ends. We mark our celebration by dancing and singing with the Torah.  

What’s in Your Torah?

To celebrate Simchat Torah, student leaders from American University Hillel and the American University Jewish Students Alliance (JSA) unrolled 75 feet of white paper and invited their peers, teachers, and staff to take part in "writing their own Torah."

Students had the opportunity to learn more about the holiday and take the time to think about what the Torah meant to them. Students, professors and visitors wrote down their thoughts, ranging from “friends” and “family” to song lyrics, messages in Hebrew, drawings, and verses of Torah. 

The event was a major success, engaging the entire American University community. As Aaron Stein, JSA VP and AU Hillel freshmen engagement intern, writes in his post for the Hillel blog, “The Torah means something different to everyone, even to people who haven’t studied it,” says Aaron Stein, a student involved in the AU Jewish Student Association and AU Hillel. “The more we work to learn from one another’s values, the more we can enrich our own.”

Read Aaron’s full post on Hillel News & Views.