Sukkot is my favorite Jewish holiday until Passover. And they both have a striking two things in common – delicious food, and a requirement that you sit down to eat it with your family and close friends. Can’t go wrong there. Seriously.
Over the course of TC Jewfolk’s history, we’ve published a ton of articles about different aspects of the holiday, from how to build a Sukkah in your porch/balcony (for those w/o a backyard, or who just want an easier option than creating a structure anew in their backyard), to Sukkot recipes like Grilled Mahi Mahi with Vinegar Spiked Vegetables and sauteed chicken breasts with honey-date sauce, lemon couscous, and late-summer vegetable ragout, to personal stories about Sukkot that you can read in your Sukkah for inspiration.
This year, Sukkot starts on Sunday night, September 30th at sunset and runs until Sunday night, October 7th at sunset.
There are a bunch of great Sukkot events around the TC all week long that we thought might be up your alley, so here goes. Let us know in the comments if you’ll be going to one of them, or if you know of any cool ones we’re missing!
Oh, and btw – if anyone knows of an Oct. 3rd Presidential Debate-watching party in a Sukkah that’s happening, let me know. I would SO be there.
Sukkah Party That We Want to Hit Up Goes To… Hands Down…
- Fri., Oct. 5: Temple Israel Out on the Town For Sukkot. Services, sushi and drinks. Okay, so it’s not Sushi & Sake IN a Sukkah, but Sukkot services and then Sushi following is pretty damn brilliant. 6:00 Services at Temple Israel (2324 Emerson Ave. S); 7:30 Sushi and Drinks at Fujiya (600 West Lake Street). RSVP to Rabbi Gertman – firstname.lastname@example.org. $5/person – pay at the door! No need to be a member of Temple Israel.
Cleverest Title of a Sukkah Event Goes To…
- Wed, Oct. 3rd: Pizza in the Hut with Temple of Aaron. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sukkot celebration dinner for the whole Temple of Aaron Community. $5, or free for students. No need to be a member of Temple of Aaron.
Best Totally Random But Cool Picture on Their Facebook Event for the Sukkah Party Goes To…
- Sat., Oct. 6: Noazim Havdalah in the Sukkah. 7-10pm. With Noazim, Mt. Zion’s 20s and 30s group. At Cantor Jen Strauss-Kein’s house. Havdalah plus a “super fun party.” Now how often do you get invited to party it up at a Cantor’s house? And you’ll “Learn how to use a Lulav, eat some snacks, maybe play a little Rock Band.” RSVP to get the address. No need to be a member of Mount Zion. Oh, and here’s the photo…
Best Night Cap Goes To…
- Thurs., Oct. 4th: TAXY Sukkah Crawl. 6:30pm. Temple of Aaron’s new 20s/30s group is hosting this event. Cost $5. Work up an appetite checking out Sukkahs within walking distance of Temple of Aaron and then end the night with a Happy Hour at Tiffany’s Sports Lounge. Food, drinks and plenty of fun. Click here for more info and to RSVP. No need to be a member of Temple of Aaron. And you get to hang out with TofA’s new Rabbi Jeremy Fine, who is super cool (and writes for TCJ). Check it out – a no brainer.
Best for Families with Little Kiddies… It’s a Toss-Up
- Fri., Oct. 5th: Sukkot Family Service at Temple Israel (mpls). 5:15 p.m. Child/Family-Friendly Oneg Shabbat. 6:00 p.m. Sukkot Family Service. 6:45 p.m. BBQ Dinner & Sukkah Decorating. Bring family and friends. Stay for Sukkah decorating and a light family-friendly BBQ dinner sponsored by Men’s Club. Free. Reservations required: 612-374-0323 or TrishT@templeisrael.com. No need to be a member of Temple Israel.
- Sun., Oct. 7th: PJ Library: Stories in the Sukkah @ 3 pm @ St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Avenue. Bundle up, pull up a chair and meet them in the St. Paul JCC Sukkah to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Learn about the holiday’s traditions, create Sukkot decorations, enjoy a snack and share stories provided by PJ Library, a free Jewish book club program which strives to deepen the identities of Jewish families with children from birth to 6-years-old. In case of rain, they’ll celebrate Sukkot inside. This event is free but please register in advance by calling the St. Paul JCC at 651-698-0751 or going to stpauljcc.org. No need to be a member of the St. Paul JCC
- Or the strikingly similar event for folks on the other side of the riveron Sunday, Sept. 30th… “Party in the Hut: A Sukkot Party“ with PJ Library- Minneapolis at the Sabes JCC Minneapolis A free program for families with kids ages 4-6. Come read books about Sukkot in English and Hebrew! Rain or shine—join us for stories, arts and crafts, and a snack. At the Barry Family Campus, East Commons. RSVP on their FB page.
Best for Jewish College Kids Looking for a Free Meal…
- Yeah, we’re going to have to go for Hillel’s Shabbat in the Sukkah on Fri., Oct. 5th for that one. 6-8:30pm.
Top photo: Now that’s a Sukkah (Brouhaha (Jonathan)