Sukkot, meaning “booths”, 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. During Sukkot we are commanded to dwell in a booth, so we build a sukkah and it is the only time in which we are commanded to rejoice.
At Temple Israel, our TI Family gathers to decorate our sukkah during our annual “Pizza in the Hut” celebration. This is a wonderful and fun event for every generation. The Friday night during Sukkot we host a harvest dinner in the sukkah followed by Erev Shabbat services in the Kraft Sanctuary.