Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.  It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of the month of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions. One, which takes the commandment to dwell in booths literally, is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (in this case, the plural of sukkah) are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping.

Sukkot also called Z’man Simchateinu (Season of Our Rejoicing), is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. A final name for Sukkot is Chag HaAsif, (Festival of the Ingathering), representing a time to give thanks for the bounty of the earth during the fall harvest. Learn more>

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    Erev Sukkot
    Wednesday, October 4

    5:30 pm - Community Picnic - bring your own dinner, please no pork or shellfish (students attending learning programs will join their families at 6:00 pm)
    6:00 pm - Sukkot blessings and Lulav in the Sukkah
    6:15 pm - Festival Evening Service
    7:15 pm - A Bissel (Taste) of Mamaleh’s - Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday with Mamaleh's co-owners, Rachel and Alon Munzer. They will teach us about Jewish food and it's connection to the holiday of Sukkot. Light Mamaleh's nosh to follow. RSVP by September 28 to Lynn Burke, [email protected].


    Thursday, October 5

    8:30 am - Morning Blessing Through Yoga, provided by Down Under Yoga
    9:30 am - Torah Study with Rabbi Ullman


    Sunday, October 8

    4:00 pm  - In celebration of Sukkot join the TBE's Families with Young Children community for our annual Family Fun Fest -The afternoon entertainment includes Farm Visits Traveling Petting Zoo, a puppet show and wonderful fall crafts and games. Visit with old friends and make new friends while enjoying some seasonal treats.
    The Family Fun Fest is made possible by the generous support of the Jill Sisenwine Berger Children's Programming Fund at TBE.

    On Sukkot we are encouraged to come out from our comfortable homes and live outdoors in the sukkah. Leaving behind our material comforts, we build a communal gathering, where the greatest luxury is the time and space we create to be together. This fall, we encourage you to fulfill the mitzvah of eating in the sukkah. Instead of jumping right back into your routine, extend the slowed pace and thoughtful reflection you carried through the Days of Awe. Share a meal with your fellow congregants, with those whose friendship you cherish, or those whose friendly acquaintance you may make for the first time.

    The sukkah will be open for community dining Wednesday, October 4 (at our community picnic) through Tuesday, October 10. Bring a picnic dinner, or organize a potluck with friends, and stop by. Blessing cards will be available.