Sukkot at Kehillah – Learning and Celebrating Together as a Community
Last week, educators, students, and community members at Kehillah worked together to put on an exciting, educational, and meaningful week of programming and events around the Jewish fall harvest festival, Sukkot. Every day of the short week had an assigned spirit day, which led to crazy, daily wardrobes. During Wednesday’s Sukkot Beit Midrash, where everyone learns together weekly as a community, students experienced Sukkot through the ages. There were several stations set up to move around and learn in different experiences. In the pre-Temple station, students had to solve riddles and puzzles to escape the desert and make it to the promised land. This Sukkot-themed escape room reminded participants that sukkahs were built as temporary shelters during the exodus from Egypt. In the second station, students emulated the pilgrimage aspect of this harvest holiday. Israelites would trek from all over the land of Israel to the Temple in Jerusalem to make a sacrifice during Sukkot. For our program, students reimagined the animal sacrifice and brought gift bags for the elderly to our altar. Collectively, we made over 100 bags that we donated to Jewish Family and Children’s Services. In our final station, students focused on a post-Temple celebration of Sukkot. During the holiday, it is a mitzvah (good deed) to sleep, eat, and invite guests into a decorated sukkah. A modern celebration of the fall harvest theme honors our role in preserving the planet and taking care of the environment. By repurposing old material to make our decorations, we celebrated Sukkot by decorating the sukkah and taking care of the earth. We concluded our celebrations with an all-school lunch out in our beautifully constructed and decorated sukkah and an evening under the stars with all Kehillah families coordinated by the Kehillah Parent Association. On Friday, the last spirit day, students and staff dressed in pajamas and participated in comfy KabShab (Kabbalat Shabbat, welcoming Shabbat). It was an exciting program and definitely put a smile on everyone’s face heading into the long weekend.
Thank you to all who participated and helped with festivities!