‘Build the Sukkah’ a success for Shir Ami

Rabbi Axe is reading to the following children, from right, Madison Goldstein, Abby Reid, Eli Himelstein, Nate Himelstein, Lexie Lubarsky, Ryan Rubin, Alexandra Rubin, Chloe Stranzl, Charlotte Reid and Lex Stranzl, white t-shirt foreground back of head.

Rabbi Axe is reading to the following children, from right, Madison Goldstein, Abby Reid, Eli Himelstein, Nate Himelstein, Lexie Lubarsky, Ryan Rubin, Alexandra Rubin, Chloe Stranzl, Charlotte Reid and Lex Stranzl, white t-shirt foreground back of head.

Congregation Shir Ami, a reform synagogue in Greenwich, hosted its annual “Build the Sukkah” party on Oct. 5.

This is an event to begin celebrating Sukkot. Sukkot is the Jewish harvest festival where a structure called a sukkah is built and decorated together by the community, much like Christians decorate a Christmas tree together. The sukkah structure commemorates the time when Israelites lived in fragile dwellings during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt described in the Bible. Shir Ami’s sukkah was built at Rabbi Vicki Axe’s private home.

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