Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,” 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.

Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei and is marked by several distinct traditions.

One tradition, which takes the commandment to “dwell in booths” literally, is to build a sukkah, a booth or hut.

 At Temple B’nai Israel we gather together as a community to build a sukkah; we come together to eat, pray and share the holiday with our friends and family. Many of the decorations are made ahead of time at religious school.