Sukkot 5776 (2015)  September 27 - October 5


Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning booths, 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.

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. You are invited to fulfill this mitzvah by bringing your lunch or dinner and eating in our sukkah on the patio. You may also shake the lulav and etrog. Contact the temple office and we will be happy to provide these for your use while at the temple.


Community Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah - Welcoming our new members

Friday, October 2, 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a festive meal in the sukkah. You will have the opportunity to shake the lulav and etrog. Erev Shabbat services will begin at 6:30 pm.
Cost: Adults $18; children/seniors $12. Registration is due by September 25. You may send in your check or we will be happy to bill your account.

Interfaith Friendship Committee Sukkot Dinner

Sunday, September 27, 5:00 p.m.

We welcome our interfaith partners for an evening in our sukkah. Rabbi Callie Schulman will lead a program followed by a potluck dinner. This family friendly event will include members from several local faith houses. Watch for details to RSVP.

Yad B'Yad Sukkot Gathering and new baby welcome

Sunday, October 4, 3:30 p.m.

Join other families with children ages 6 and younger for an afternoon under the sukkah. Enjoy crafts, snacks, and playtime with friends. At this event we extend a special welcome to families with babies born in the last year to our Yad b’Yad community.


Beth El Women sukkot social

Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.

Join BEW to schmooze and enjoy wine and cheese in the sukkah. Feel free to bring something to share, including drinks, food or friends. Contact Rebecca with questions or to RSVP. 

Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 4   Details to come.

Yizkor – Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret

Monday,, October 5, 8:30 a.m.

The Jewish calendar provides four occasions during the year when special memorial services are held: Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret (last day of Sukkot), the last day of Pesach, and Shavuot. It is appropriate to honor the memory of our loved ones by attending these special memorial services.