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Build It And They Will Come: Celebrating Sukkot in Portland

Sukkot (sue-coat), celebrated from Wednesday, October 4 until Wednesday, October 11 in 2017,  is the third and final Jewish festival commemorating the exodus from Egypt. Passover celebrates the escape of Israel from Egypt, Shavuot recalls entering into a covenant with God at Mount Sinai, and sleeping in asukkahor temporary hut while wandering in the wilderness is remembered in the holiday of Sukkot (the plural form of sukkah). At the end of Sukkot is Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah, or Joy of the Torah, is the last of the fall holidays and it marks the completion of the year long cycle of weekly Torah readings.

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Here in Portland, Sukkot is celebrated at home and with events at temples and community centers across the city. Typically, the sukkah is decorated with hanging fruits and vegetables, real or paper maché, to commemorate the abundant harvest, beautiful scenes of Israel and signs with Bible quotations. Friends and family are invited to visit and tell stories in the sukkah. Join in the fun of building and decorating a sukkot with your little ones!

 

Lets Create the Sukkah and Sukkot Decorating Party & Waffle Brunch

Date: October 1, 2017

Time: 11:30-1 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Congregation Shaarie Torah,

920 NW 25th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210, in the parking lot and social hall

Website: http://shaarietorah.org/hhd5778/

 

Brotherhood Sukkah Raising

Date: October 1, 2017

Time: 10 am

Cost: Free

Location: Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders Street

Portland, Oregon 97209

Website: http://www.bethisrael-pdx.org/calendar/high-holidays-2017#camp

 

Community Sukkah Building

Date: October 1, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

Cost: Free, please bring your own decorations to hang in the sukkah

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center,

6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219, outside in the courtyard

Website: https://www.oregonjcc.org/arts-culture/arts-culture-events

 

Sukkot Pizza in the Hut

Date: October 4, 2017

Time: 6 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders Street

Portland, Oregon 97209

Website: http://www.bethisrael-pdx.org/calendar/high-holidays-2017#camp

 

Sukkot Lunch & Learn

Date: October 5, 2017

Time: 12 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders Street

Portland, Oregon 97209

Website: http://www.bethisrael-pdx.org/calendar/high-holidays-2017#camp

 

Story Telling in the Sukkah with Maggidah (professional storyteller) Cassandra Sagan

Date: October 7, 2017

Time: 11:30 am

Cost: Free

Location: Congregation Shaarie Torah,

920 NW 25th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210, in the sukkah

Website: http://shaarietorah.org/hhd5778/

 

Soup & Smores in the Sukkah

Date: October 8, 2017

Time: 4 pm-6 pm

Cost: Free, please RSVP online

Location: Congregation Shaarie Torah,

920 NW 25th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210, in the sukkah

Website: http://shaarietorah.org/hhd5778/

 

Pizza in the Sukkah and Story Hour

Date: October 9th, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm

Cost: $15 per family, please register online by Oct 4

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center,

6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219, outside in the courtyard

Website: https://www.oregonjcc.org/arts-culture/arts-culture-events/sukkah

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