Sukkot with BCC — 2019!
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
Would you like to host a gathering in the BCC Sukkah?
We’d love to have our BCC Sukkah be full of life and guests during the holiday. Is there a gathering you’d like to host/attend? Could be in your home-Sukkah as well.
Evenings available for your creative ideas are Wednesday, Oct 16, Thursday, Oct 17, and Saturday, Oct 19th, 2019
Please email or reach out to Mark Homyk, our Community Builder / Havurah Rosh, by August 12th so we can publicize accordingly.
Here’s what we know so far:
Sunday, October 13, 10am-2pm – Sukkot Building, Decorating & Brunch
Sunday, Oct 13, 5-7pm – Erev Sukkot & Potluck
Monday, October 14th, 7-8:30pm – Mindful Sukkah Sit with Cantor Juval Porat
Tuesday, October 15th, 7-8:30pm – Torah & Tonic with Rabbi Alyson Solomon
Wednesday, October 16th, Evening To Be Claimed & Created
Thursday, October 17th, Evening To Be Claimed & Created
Friday, October 18th, 8-10pm – Open House Sukkot ~ Shabbat Ushpizin
Saturday, October 19th, Evening To Be Claimed & Created
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