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 at the ReformJudaism.org
Sukkot at Temple Or Rishon is a time of celebration and sharing as we worship together in our temple Sukkah. Constructed by our Men's Club just after Yom Kippur, our sukkah is a wonderful space for gathering together. We host a temple meal on the first night of Sukkot, complete with songs and stories. Additionally, we encourage our community to use our sukkah throughout the week - Men's Club and Or Rishon Women host celebrations and our students utilize the sukkah during their school hours. We hope you will join us in our Sukkah this year!