Sukkot at BCC 2018

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Sukkot is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple. More on Sukkot

GOT SUKKAH?
BCC does! Or it will with your help!
A “Cornucopia” for Sukkot week
In the BCC Sukkah

Community Sukkah Building
Sunday, September 23, 2018

3-5pm Help build and decorate our Sukkah
5-6pm Eat in the sukkah — bring your own meal and a snack or drink to share
6-7pm Join Cantor Juval and Rabbi Lisa as we welcome Sukkot with some schmoozing, singing, and waving the etrog/lulav (made from plants growing in BCC’s own garden!!!)

Torah Study in the Sukkah
Tuesday September 25 at 7:15-9pm

Join Rabbi Lisa in the BCC Sukkah for our annual Sukkot Torah study

Lulav Waving!
Wednesday September 26 at 7pm

Stop by the BCC Sukkah for a lulav wave on your way into the BCC September Board Meeting

Shabbat Service and Potluck in the Sukkah
Friday September 28

6-7:45pm Potluck dinner in the Sukkah
8pm  Ruach Chayim Shabbat in the Sanctuary including Board Installation

Family activities in the Sukkah

Saturday, September 29, 3-5pm!

We’ll begin with a potluck snack in the sukkah — we’ll provide refreshing drinks for everyone, and we hope you’ll bring a yummy snack to share! To help everyone keep themselves safe regarding allergens and dietary needs, please keep ingredients lists handy for store-bought goods, and we’ll provide index cards to write out ingredients/potential allergens for any homemade treats.

Sukkot/Simchat-Torahpalooza Schedule (Tentative):
3:00-3:15 Schmooze & Snack in the Sukkah
3:15-3:30 Singin’ in the Sukkah
3:30-4:30 Palooza Stations! (Crafts, singing, games, stories, and more!)
4:30-4:50 Simchat Torah Dance Party in the sanctuary
4:50-5:00 Closing Circle + Kiddush & Schmooze

We’d love to see you there! (Invite your friends, too — guests and prospective Baby Kibbutz & Ohr Chayim families are more than welcome!) There will be some activities especially designed for our Baby Kibbutz families, as well as some stations for our older Ohr Chayim students and alumni to enjoy, plus learning opportunities for the grown-ups — there will be something for everyone at our inaugural Holiday Palooza of 5779!

RSVP by replying to rae@bcc-la.org with how many adults and children to expect so we can make sure to set up enough space and craft supplies for everyone!

More on Sukkot

Sukkot, Succot or Sukkos is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (shalosh regalim) alongside Passover and Shavu’ot, on which the Israelites would make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. Sukkot is so unreservedly joyful that it is commonly referred to in Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing.

The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is a Shabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden, followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah, because this is a holiday celebrating the end and beginning of the cycle of weekly Torah readings. )

The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, “booth” or “tabernacle”, which is a walled structure covered with s’chach (plant material such as overgrowth or palm leaves). The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which, according to the Torah, the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and some people sleep there as well. A sukkah is also for the temporary dwelling in which agricultural workers would live during harvesting.

On each day of the holiday it is mandatory to perform a waving ceremony with the Four Species.
“On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.” -Leviticus 23:40

Sources: Wikipedia, Judaism101

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