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Sukkah in the Square September 29-October 6 2023 (*Scroll Down for Information)

The Kingston Jewish Council invites you to Join us for our first annual community Sukkot Celebration!

Free Event~Everyone Welcome

Sukkah

Calendar of Events

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule. Please revisit this page closer to the event and check the Kingston Jewish Council Facebook page for day-by-day changes.

With Thanks to our Sponsors

The Kingston Jewish Council wishes to thank each of the speakers, ambassadors, and community partners listed above who are dedicating their time, donating their travel expenses/materials/equipment, and sharing their tremendous talents with us. We are inspired by your generous contributions!

We also wish to thank Jewish Federations of Canada for their generous donation.

Jewish Federations of Canada

What is Sukkot?

Also known as the Festival of Booths, Tabernacles, or Huts, Sukkot takes place 5 days after the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur. During Sukkot, Jewish people are supposed to dwell (spend time and eat meals) in a Sukkah. This tradition has historic links to the completion of the farmer's harvest - a theme that remains central in the celebration of this festival. Jewish people dwell in Sukkah's to commemorate the Jews who lived in temporary huts when they wandered the desert for 40 years after escaping slavery in Egypt. The Festival has been referred to as a Jewish Thanksgiving (My Jewish Learning, 2020).

There are many more rituals and traditions involved in Sukkot. Visit this link to learn more about Sukkot.

(BimBam, 2017)

What is a Sukkah?

Photos of Sukkahs

A Sukkah is a temporary hut that is meant to be flimsy. It has at least three walls and is covered in branches or foliage (but not so covered that you can't see the stars at night).

Why are we putting a Sukkah in Springer Market Square?

-to share Jewish traditions and holidays with the wider Kingston community

-to help raise awareness about homelessness and food insecurity in our community

- It is a Mitzvah (meaning commandment or good deed) of Sukkot for us to share this joyous occasion with others

How you can help

Jewish Partners and Community Service Partners:

1. Sign up to host a workshop or event in our Sukkah

Please review our event guidelines and provide us with a brief summary of your event plans by visiting this link.

2. Share materials and resources we can display in our Sukkah

If you have access to interactive displays, information, art, or links (QR Codes) to online resources pertaining to Sukkot, food insecurity, homelessness or stigma-reducing strategies please e-mail us: info@jewishkingston.org

Would you like to advertise or be a sponsor? Reach out and let's talk!

Email: info@jewishkingston.org

All Visitors/Participants

1. Please visit our Sukkah!! Our events calendar will be posted on this site closer to the event, but you can also visit in between events to explore the materials in the Sukkah.

2. This event is completely free of charge! There will be opportunities to donate to the "Tzedakah of the Day." The word Tzedakah is Hebrew meaning both Charity and Justice. Each day of Sukkot we will suggest a local charity to support.

References

BimBam. (2017, September 20). The LEGO Sukkot Movie: Jewish Holidays 101 [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRHkgWGyn4Y

My Jewish Learning. (2020). Sukkot 101. My Jewish Learning. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sukkot-101/

The Kingston Jewish Council holds events on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat.