The Feasts of Booths – Visit a Sukkah in Brooklyn

by Maytal Wichman

Sukkot, knows as the Feasts of Booths, is a seven day Jewish holiday typically celebrated in the fall. A major part of the holiday is constructing a sukkah – a walled structure covered with plant material, such as tree branches. Many people eat their meals and even sleep in their sukkah.

A sukkah, according to custom, is typically decorated on the inside with hanging decorations. Many Synagogues have a sukkah that you can visit. Here are a few we’ve selected:

Bay Ridge Jewish Center
405 81st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 836-3103
Website: bayridgejewishcenter.org

The sukkah is open all day, but call ahead of time to check for availability. There are also activities opne to the public:
Pizza with the Rabbi, for young families on 10/16/11 at 4pm.
Wine & Cheese tasting for young professionals on 10/18/11 at 8pm.
Park Slope Jewish Center
1380 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-1453
Website: psjc.org

The sukkah will be open to the public every evening until October 20th. There are also sukkot-related activities which are open to the public on some of the days.
Temple Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-3814, ext. 107
Website: congregationbetheloihim

The sukkah will be open in the evenings during the holiday. There is also a Sukkot Family Festival and Block Party on October 16th from 11-2 on Garfield Place, from 8th Avenue to Prospect Park West. This festival will feature games, activities, arts & crafts, food vendors such as pizza and humus, as well as live music. FREE.

Union Temple of Brooklyn
17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-7300
Website: uniontemple.org
The sukkah is open all day, starting from 9am.

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