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.
Friday, September 21, 2018
5:00 p.m. Sukkah Decorating – We will be decorating the sukkah with items relating to transportation. In addition to the traditional sukkot decorations, we will hang ribbons with planes, trains, cars, etc. on which you will be able to write blessings for yourself and others for the new year.
5:45 p.m. Shabbat Nosh
6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat
6:30 p.m. Blue Jean Shabbat (casual attire welcome)
Baker’s Delight oneg after services
No need to RSVP. All ages welcome!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
5:30 p.m. – Pizza in the Hut
6:30 p.m. – Sukkot Service in front of the UH sukkah
Open to the Community
Monday, September 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Sukkot Festival Service followed by a breakfast nosh
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Sushi & Sake in the Sukkah
Calling all 20’s and 30’s! Join us in the UH sukkah for sushi and sake. Cost is $18.
Decorate the Sukkah
In keeping with UH’s theme for the new year, “Blessed are you in your comings and blessed are you in your goings,” we will be decorating the sukkah with items relating to transportation. In addition to the traditional sukkot decorations, we will hang ribbons with planes, trains, cars, etc. on which you will be able to write blessings for yourself and others for the new year. Sukkah Decorating will take place during Blue Jean Shabbat on Friday, September 21 and during Pizza in the Hut on Sunday, September 23.
For more on the history and traditions of Sukkot, click here.