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Sukkot Celebrations

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, in September or October

Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, commemorates the Biblical period of wandering in the desert. A temporary shelter called a sukkah is built outside (and often decorated), and people eat meals or even sleep in it for the one-week duration of the holiday. The sukkah has at least three sides, and the roof is made of branches called schach that provide shade during the day yet also allow people to see the stars through them at night. Meals in the sukkah are often shared with family and friends — and through a welcoming ceremony called ushpizin, Biblical ancestors are symbolically invited in as well.

Sukkot is also a harvest festival, which in ancient times involved a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. To give thanks for the harvest bounty, particularly that of the Land of Israel, four plant species are held together and waved in the air: lulav (palm), etrog (citron), hadas (myrtle) and arava (willow).

The "eighth day" of Sukkot, known as Shmini Atzeret, can be considered a separate holiday. It marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel and the year's first prayer for rain, so that the ground might be prepared for planting when springtime arrives. Some also celebrate Simchat Torah on the same day, while others celebrate the following day.

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 Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles/Booths) 2018

 Beth-El Zedeck

 Sun., Sept. 23, 5 pm

 Family-friendly service followed by hayrides, a bounce house, campfire, food, and more! Adults $10, seniors $7, kids ages 2-12 $5. Download the registration form.

 Beth Shalom

 Sun., Sept. 23, 10 am

 Religious school Sukkot celebration, including decorating the sukkah and snacks. Email Diane Graul for more information.

 Etz Chaim

 Sun., Sept. 23, 10:30 am

 Kids' decorating activity and sukkah building


 Sun., Sept. 23, 11 am


 Shaarey Tefilla

 Sun., Sept. 23, 9 am

 Sukkah building and decorating

 Mon., Sept. 24, 7 pm

 CST Men's Club "Scotch and Cigars in the Sukkah"

 Wed., Sept. 26, 7 pm

 CST Sisterhood "Wine and Cheese in the Sukkah." Free for members, $10 for non-members or join that evening!

 Sun., Sept. 30, 11 am

 Pizza in the Hut