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 addition to the greenery and burlap that traditionally make up our sukkah, we decorate with a theme every year. See below for information on decorating this years sukkah.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
4:30 p.m. – Sukkot Oktoberfest Family Festival
6:00 p.m. – Sukkot Musical Experience with Cantor Eichaker & Friends
Open to the Community
Join us for a fun evening of bounce houses, face painting and other activities. There will be food and beverage to purchase or bring your own picnic dinner.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. – Sukkot Festival Service and breakfast nosh
Friday, October 6, 2017
5:45 p.m. – Sukkot Nosh
6:30 p.m. – Bluejean Shabbat
7:30 p.m – Grab and Go in the Sukkah following the service
Decorate the Sukkah
“In Judaism we are taught to say 100 blessings a day. All of these blessings really are times when we ‘bless’ God by saying thank you.” Sukkot is our festival of thanksgiving. This idea of constantly giving thanks for even minute things is the key to changing our overwhelmed thoughts into a constant positive mindset. Since it was so successful last year, we will once again decorate our sukkah by creating a “sukkah of blessing.” We hang different colored ribbon throughout the sukkah with blessings for ourselves and others for the new year. At our Sukkot Oktoberfest Family Festival on October 4 and during Blue Jean Shabbat on Friday, October 6, we will have items for you to decorate and hang. Or you may want to create your own at home, and bring them to the sukkah.
For more on the history and traditions of Sukkot, click here.