Temple Sholom celebrated the festival of Sukkot with a number of congregational activities. Sukkot is sometimes called the Jewish Thanksgiving and is a 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 visits 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 Sukkon on Friday, September 20, following Friday night Shabbat services.
Temple Sholom is a Conservative-Egalitarian congregation which has served the Greenwich, Stamford, and Rye Brook communities for more than 90 years. For more information about Temple Sholom, please call (203) 869-7191 or visit our website at www.templesholom.com.