Sukkot and Simchat Torah

The origins of Sukkot are both historical and agricultural. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag HaAsif (חג האסיף, the “Festival of Ingathering”), as it celebrates the gathering of the harvest.

Sukkot 2020 will begin in the evening of Friday, October 2 and ends in the evening of Friday, October 9

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The TBS Families with Young Children Committee will be passing out festoon and DIY Edible Sukkah Kits during the October 2nd Shabbat Parade to get you ready for Sukkot! Register HERE for your kits and join our congregation-wide Sukkah Building Contest! Winners will be selected in various categories including:​​​​​​​

“Best Edible Sukkah”
Use the FWYC Kit or raid your own pantry to create a delectable, edible sukkah! Winners will be chosen for creativity and yumminess. Entries must be comprised of all edible materials.

“Most Creative Use of Natural Materials”
Channel our ancestors and create an all-natural, old school sukkah. The traditional sukkah is a structure with at least three sides with a roof made from thatch or branches which provides some shade and protection from the sun, but also allows the stars to be seen at night.

“Best Themed Sukkah”
Creativity is a must if you want to win this category. Have you ever seen a Star Wars sukkah? How about a sukkah made entirely of recycled materials? Well neither have we! Get your creativity flowing and send us pics of your best themed sukkah.

“Best Overall Sukkah”
Winners will be chosen for best overall sukkah in two age ranges: 0-13 and 14+. We are looking for overall creativity and representation of the holiday.

Please email pictures or a narrated video of your sukkah to Ruth Aptaker by October 8th. Don’t forget to include your name and age (range). Finalists will be chosen by our guest judges and posted to the TBS Facebook page for voting by the congregation. Have fun and go #GetYourSukkahOn!

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah will be Saturday, October 10th, with Havdalah and the Simchat Torah service at 6 pm via Zoom. We will pass Torah from house to house by having families (of all ages!) sign up to receive your own letter from the Alef-Bet and then create something with that letter: art, a poem, a story, or anything that you will share during the service. Register here .

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