This year I am buying homeless signs for Succot


LOS ANGELES (Jewish Journal) — I started building my succah in December. To those of you who are succah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds.

A succah is the ritual hut that Jews build each year on the holiday of Succot, which begins this year on...
Continue Reading ⇒

Spanish towns plan mock wedding at Succot Judaica festival

(JTA) — Two Spanish towns are preparing a two-day Judaica festival featuring a mock wedding to celebrate their lost Jewish heritage.

The Sept. 28-29 event, during the Jewish holiday of Succot, is being co-organized by non-Jews from San Juan and Rio Jerte in the province Extremadura in northwestern Spain. It...
Continue Reading ⇒

Israel warns on High Holidays travel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel.

An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida...
Continue Reading ⇒

For the New Year, children’s books opening new worlds


BOSTON (JTA) — Shofars, apples and honey, make room for pomegranates, couscous and pumpkins.

The new crop of children’s books for the High Holidays opens a world beyond the beloved traditional symbols of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sept. 4).

From ancient times...
Continue Reading ⇒

Succot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah listings

The following synagogues and temples will be having end of Succot activities taking place (Candlelighting is at 6:22 p.m.):

Congregation Anshe S’Fard (Saturday, October 6) Shabbat Chol Hamoed Shacharit service 9:15 a.m. (Monday, October 8 ) Shemini Atzeret Shacharit service 9:15 a.m. Yizkor following sermon 10:45 a.m. Kiddush lunch in...
Continue Reading ⇒

Succot services, activities listed

The following synagogues and temples will be having Succot activities taking place in and around the succahs they have built for 5773 through Shabbat Succot:

Congregation Anshe S’Fard (Monday, October 1 & Tuesday, October 2) – Shacharit with Hallel, Mussaf Festival Services 9:15 a.m. Kiddush luncheon in the succah to...
Continue Reading ⇒

Down on America’s next big etrog farm


(JTA) — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz.,...
Continue Reading ⇒

Succot Activities

An Edible Succah Activity: Assemble an edible Succah made from yummy snacks.

Directions: Spread ready-made frosting (any flavor) on the bottom of a 10-inch plate. Place 3 and a half graham crackers standing up in the frosting for the Succah sides. Place twig-shaped pretzels as slats on top. Squeeze some...
Continue Reading ⇒

Cooling the rhetoric in your succah of peace


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In an election year, a succahdivided against itself cannot stand. Especially in the swing states, where each party is basically claiming that if the other wins we’ll all be living in succahs, political dinner conversation this Succot could really topple an already...
Continue Reading ⇒