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.

Sukkot is enjoyed at Synagogue of the Hills by erecting our sukkah in our beautiful yard. Everyone gathers together for a service in the sukkah centering around the harvest holiday. Children and adults take a turn waving the lulav and etrog. Since Sukkot takes place during the Fall the weather is usually sunny and warm so it is fun to celebrate the holiday outside.