Time
to Celebrate Sukkot!

Read on for info about our virtual tour of Sukkot-related sites in Israel and how to build your own sukkah
Erev Sukkot
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, October 2
5:30 pm, on Zoom
A Zoom link will be sent Thursday to all congregants, but we ask that you also please RSVP to Renee. Non-members, if you wish to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, please email Renee and request the Zoom link. Renee is at info@congregationkehillah.org.
Join us for a special Sukkot tour
Sunday, October 4
11:30 am, on Zoom
Enjoy a virtual visit
to Israel with Josh Hartuv, licensed Israeli tour guide
Learn about Sukkot – where and how it all started on location in Israel (and a few other special places).

We'll be guided by Josh Hartuv (at right and below), the creator of Hartuv Tours. Josh was one of the first guides to develop virtual tours when the pandemic struck.
Please RSVP to Renee, at
info@congregationkehillah.org,
by this Friday (before Shabbat).

The Zoom link will be sent out soon, so watch for your email from Renee.



More about Josh Hartuv, from Josh

For me, Israel has always been an exciting place - filled with adventure, diversity, controversy, and personal growth.
Israel is a layered place totour and understand. My goal as a guide is to use stories, explanations, music and other tools in a creative and nuanced way in order to help you feel a deep connection with Israel on an emotional and intellectual level. 

I was born and raised in Canada and moved to Israel at 22 years old. I served in the IDF as a combat medic in the paratroopers brigade, giving me insight into the social dynamics of the diversity of Israeli youths and their families as well as a deep understanding of the complexities of Israel’s security situation. After the IDF, I worked on my kibbutz in irrigation and found the time to hike the Israel National Trail. These experiences and more inspired my feet to explore and keep seeking new adventures! My wife, daughter, and I live in Tel Aviv - soaking up all the sun, fun, and culture it has to offer.
What a great year to bring Sukkot into your yards!
Take it from Rabbi Sharfman:

Building a sukkah is an easy two-person job. You can order a pre-fabricated, super-easy-to-put- together set from sukkah.com (really!). Or build your own from lattice pieces (available from your local home store or hardware store) and set palm fronds across the top.
Roger always likes to use PVC piping for the frame. He unrolls bamboo around three sides and then puts some boards on top to hold the palm fronds.

Decorate your sukkah, put a table and chairs in it, and have dinners in your sukkah each night. (Sukkot concludes at sundown on Friday, October 9). Don’t forget the sukkah blessing (at right) and Motzi.
 
Your kids may enjoy sleeping out there - my kids always did. Just as a hint, remember to shut off the sprinklers first. 😅
 
A good place to get a nice lulav and etrog set from Israel is moderntribe.com, but order today to get it on time. The ends of the lulav/ palm fronds will be sharp and not great for your little ones. You can also order a plush set from them for the children to use as they see yours.

The blessing for lulav and etrog are on the right.
Kehillah sukkah builders from a previous year
Sukkot blessings

For whenever you dwell in the sukkah:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu leisheiv basukah (Amein).
Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, Sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with the commandments and commanded us to dwell in the sukkah (Amen).


For the lulav and etrog:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu al n'tilat lulav (Amein)

Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, Sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with the commandments and commanded us to take up the lulav (Amen).
Chag sameach!