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Sukkot 2013 // 5774

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18 Sep

sukkot3-mailSukkot 2013 // 5774

After a meaningful fast for Yom Kippur (broken by a delicious pizza party), dozens of JCC Krakow members, volunteers, and staff returned to the JCC on Sunday to construct and decorate Krakow's largest sukkah for the upcoming holiday of Sukkot.

Whereas Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the year, Sukkot is one of the most joyous, even if it doesn't have potato latkes. It commemorates the dwellings used by the Israelites during their 40 years wandering in the desert after the exodus from Egypt.

Sukkahs can oftentimes be prefabricated and rather dreary looking. That's not the case here at the JCC. This is the sixth year the JCC has constructed it's own sukkah. The skeleton of the sukkah is made of wood, the sides are thatched wood, and the roof, called the s'chach is made of palm branches and bamboo. Paper ornaments created by the children hang from the ceiling. Rabbi Avi questioned whether we were mixing holidays by having pumpkins adorn the entranceway, clearly he hasn't been fully initiated into the JCC Krakow bright green and orange color scheme yet.

JCC Krakow Executive Director, Jonathan Ornstein presided over the construction and decoration of the sukkah and promised a $10 million prize for the first person to sleep in the sukkah for the rest of the year. 5775 never seemed so far away and January never so cold!

The JCC Krakow sukkah will host the following events this week:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:30pm - Sukkot service
7:30pm - a festive dinner in the sukkah

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00am - a prayer and lunch in the sukkah with Rabbi Avi Baumol

Friday, September 20, 2013
6:30pm - Shabbat service
7:30pm - Shabbat dinner in the sukkah

Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:00pm - Sukkaraoke and a farewell to summer party. It doesn't get much
better than Sukkaraoke!

Monday, September 23rd
6pm - "Judaism with Rabbi Avi"

Tuesday, September 24th
5pm - Senior Club classes with Rabbi Avi Baumol
7pm - "Why Are All the Holidays Bunched Together?" - a lecture by Rabbi Avi Baumol

Friday, September 27th
6:30pm - Shabbat service
7:30pm - Shabbat dinner

The lecture on September 24th are open to everyone.
Other events open to the JCC Krakow members only.

Find more photos of construction and events within the sukkah here.