Simchat Torah, Hebrew for “rejoicing in the Law”, celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study. Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of Deuteronomy is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read.
Simchat Torah at Mt Sinai
Following Reform Jewish tradition, Simchat Torah is centered around the Consecration of our first grade class. The service is held on the Friday night nearest Simchat Torah. The Consecrees are called up to the bima (pulpit) where they recite the Shema and receive a blessing. This is followed with the parade of all our Torahs, and then the completion of our Torah reading cycle with the reading of the last verses of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy and the first ones from Bereshit/Genesis.
More can be found about Simchat Torah at reformjudaism.org