Sukkot with BCC — 2019!
The biblical Jewish holiday of Sukkot is celebrated on the 15th of Tishrei (generally 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
Sukkot – Join Us Under the Stars
Our lives are fragile. We’re reminded of this especially during the Festival of Sukkot. Join us for a Sukkot to remember!
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 10am-2pm – Sukkot Building: Decorating & Brunch
- Building begins at 10am.
- Ten volunteers are needed; sign up here.
- Light lunch served at noon.
- Bring a decoration, poem, photo to hang or decorate the Sukkah.
- Sukkah Rosh: Mark Gottehrer.
- RSVP to Mark Homyk – firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend and volunteer to help build.
Monday, October 14, 2019, 7-8:30pm – Mindful Sukkah Sit w Cantor Juval Porat
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7-8:30m – Torah & Tonic in the Sukkah w Rabbi Alyson Solomon
Wednesday, October 16, 7pm – Chai Life Movie Night in the Sukkah
Scary fun free “drive-in” movie night in the Sukkah! Chai Life havurah (Gen X) will huddle together under a full moon to watch 1970s horror classic “Carrie.” Popcorn and s’mores provided. It’ll be a Halloween scream! FREE event. Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. RSVP to Marc Breindel,email@example.com
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Sukkah Party for Chosen (20s/30s) and Na’avor Transgender/non-Binary Havurot
Spend the evening laughing under the stars with Chosen and Na’avor! We’re watching a double-feature of Mel Brooks films, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, as we relax in our beautiful BCC Sukkah. Bring blankets, pillows, and snacks to share! Come for one movie or both. Blazing Saddles at 7pm, Young Frankenstein at 9pm.
RSVP by Oct 8 to Jack (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, October 18, 2019, 8-9:30pm – Shabbat Sukkot: Bring a friend to Shabbat in the Sukkah
All are invited to bring a friend to Shabbat Sukkot. We will be celebrating the concept of ushpezin, inviting guests into our sukkah so if there’s a neighbor or friend who has wanted to experience BCC, this Shabbat is lovely time to invite them. Bring someone and share BCC!
Shabbat services will be held in the Sukkah so bring a small flashlight to read by and sweater.
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10am-1pm, Shabbat Minyan, Sukkah Palooza, Baby Kibbutz, Teen Track & Youth & Family Open House
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4-7pm, Simchat Torah, Begin Again
Join us for a meaningful conclusion of Torah and a start fresh for the New Year.
4:30-5:00pm Shmooze & Nosh
5:00-7:00pm Torah service will include the reading of the last aliyah by Helen Brand and the first aliyah of Bereshit by Dave Parkhurst.
Gay Gezunt will share their gifts with us, bringing celebration and dance to our hakafot, circles of blessings and prayers. Gay Gezunt has been generously sponsored by Marsha Epstein and Aviyah Farkus.
Our seven hakafot will honor members of our BCC community as follows:
1. For those committing to live more healthfully in 5780
2. For Na’avor, our Transgender havurah
3. For those wanting to be more creative this year
4. For Chosen, our 20s & 30s havurah
5. For Chai Life our GenX havurah
6. For our Vegan Havurah
7. Social Action & Bikkur Holim, Caring Committee
Join us for prayer & song, joy & dance.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7-8:30pm – Torah Study with Rabbi Solomon
Friday, October 25, 2019, 8-10pm – Ruach Chayim, with Dinner in the Neighborhood prior
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Ohr Chayim
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 Joy.
The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. On the first day (and second in the diaspora), work and most restrictions also on Shabbat are forbidden, followed by intermediate days (Chol Hamoed). The festival closes with another work-restricted holiday, Shemini Atzeret (two days in the diaspora; 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”, the walled structure covered with s’chach (plant material such as overgrowth or palm leaves). The Sukkah is reminiscent of the fragile dwellings in which, the Torah teaches, 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 Sukkot, one ritually waves the Four Species, or lulav and etrog.
“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