Sukkot

Celebrate Sukkot

October 9–16, 2022

Sun, Oct 9 • 5:00 PM

Sangria and Seltzer in the Sukkah

Welcome Sukkot in our beautiful courtyard Sukkah with mitzvot, music, and connection.

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Sat, Oct 15 •6:30

BBYO Sukkot

Come enjoy a night of Sukkot activities with friends. Connect with other BBYO teens and celebrate in the Sukkah.

Sun, Oct 9 • 10:00 AM

Sholom Sprouts Sukkah Shake

Participate in a community mitzvah project, create a craft to hang in the sukkah and shake the lulav and etrog with our clergy.

Tue, Oct 11 • 7:00 PM

Sukkot +: Tribe Sushi in the Sukkah

Join fellow 20s and 30s for dinner, great conversation, and a chance to shake the lulav and etrog.

Wed, Oct 12 • 6:00 PM

Suspense in the Sukkah

We will enjoy dinner as we sing and celebrate in the Sukkah, but first, we need your help to solve a mystery!

About the Holiday

We celebrate Sukkot to give thanks for the fall harvest. Meaning “booth,” a sukkah is a small outdoor hut built in our backyards, terraces, synagogues, and neighborhoods decorated with fruits and flowers. It is a place where we share our meals with family and friends. In fact, it is considered a mitzvah to enjoy this festival in the sukkah.

Torah tells us “to take the fruit of a beautiful tree” during Sukkot. The etrog is a citron, a fragrant fruit with a thick, white rind that ripens to a very bright yellow. Although bitter, it has a very strong citrus fragrance. The lulav is a combination of the date palm, willow, and myrtle held together by the woven palm branch. As we recite blessings over them, we wave the lulav in six directions (north, south, east, west, up, and down) to symbolize that God can be found everywhere.

The sukkah is also a reminder of the Israelites who lived in huts during the 40 years wandering in the desert after receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. Thus, the end of Sukkot marks the beginning of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, the festival of rejoicing in the Torah.

Resources

Family Activities including flower chains, glitter webs, and paper lanterns to decorate your Sukkah.

Rabbi Sari Laufer teaches us how to say the blessings and shake the lulav.

BimBam’s Lego Sukkot Video

Sholom Sprouts

Resources especially for families with children 0–4. Explore ›

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