Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei and is marked by several distinct traditions. One tradition, which takes the commandment to "dwell in booths" literally, is to build a sukkah, a booth or hut. A sukkah is often erected by Jews during this festival, and it is common practice for some to eat and even live in these temporary dwellings during Sukkot. Read more about the history and customs of Sukkot.
Sukkot at Beth Chaverim is a joyous occassion! Our Bortherhood builds our own great sukkah in our playground area in the back of the synagogue. Our religious school children are invited to decorate the sukkah with paper cutouts and chains, popcorn ornaments, and live fruit and vegetables. All of our services during Sukkot are held under the sukkah, and our affinity groups (Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Youth Groups and chavurahs) are invited to reserve time to rejoice under the sukkah in their own celebrations.