United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

Sukkot

Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,” refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals, along with Passover and Shavuot that were originally agricultural celebrations.  Its significance, however, goes beyond being a holiday of thanksgiving for the harvest. It is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of the month of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions.

At United Hebrew we decorate our sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut with items representing our theme for the year. In 5776 (2015-16) our theme is “Proclaim Liberty Thorough the Land…” (Leviticus 25:10). In addition to the greenery and burlap that traditionally make up our sukkah, we added liberty bells with inscriptions of what liberty means to us and other objects that make sounds.

Sunday, October 16, 2016
4:30 p.m. – Sukkot Block Party and Food Trucks
6:00 p.m. – Sukkot Concert with Rick Recht
Open to the Community
Join us for a fun afternoon of activities, bounce houses, face painting and food trucks (Seoul Taco and Slice of the Hill) followed by a Rick Recht concert.

Monday, October 17, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Sukkot Festival Service and breakfast nosh

For more on the history and traditions of Sukkot, click here.