Temple Sholom celebrates harvest season

Temple Sholom Religious School children visit the Sukkah with Cantor Asa Fradkin.

Temple Sholom Religious School children visit the Sukkah with Cantor Asa Fradkin.

Thanksgiving may still be weeks away but Temple Sholom recently celebrated the festival of sukkot, often referred to as the Jewish Thanksgiving, with a number of congregational activities in celebration of the harvest and autumn season.

One of the primary rituals of the holiday is building a Sukkah, a basic walled structure, to eat, pray and sometimes even sleep in for seven days. Temple Sholom kicked off the holiday festivities with a family Sukkah decorating extravaganza where children and adults alike created hand-made decorations for the Sukkah including a very long paper chain, made edible sukkot from graham crackers and candies and enjoyed lunch together as a community.

During the week of Sukkot, Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz met with the Selma Maisel Nursery School children to teach them about the holiday. The children also got to shake the lulav and etrog, symbols of the holiday. The lulav represents the four species of the season, and the etrog, similar in appearance to a lemon, represents the heart.

Temple Sholom Religious School children also enjoyed a visit to the Sukkah with Cantor Asa Fradkin leading them in a musical celebration. The celebration of the holiday continued with a congregational dinner in the Sukkah on Friday, Sept. 20, following Friday night Shabbat services.

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