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.
At Bet Aviv
At Bet Aviv we celebrate Sukkot at a Friday evening service. We meet at the Sukkah, erected to the side of The Meeting House, for a brief service conducted by our rabbi and cantor, often with musical accompaniment. During the service we sing some lively songs and shake the lulav and hold the etrog. We encourage members to bring their grandchildren to participate in the celebration. Following the service, we continue the celebration with a delicious potluck dinner inside the building.