Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,”
refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur and is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice.
One distinct tradition of Sukkot is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (in this case, the plural of sukkah) are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping. Another tradition is to bless and wave the Lulav and Etrog, symbols of the fall harvest.
This year (5780 or 2019), Sukkot is celebrated from sundown on October 13 through October 20. Temple offices are closed on October 14 but open for the remainder of Sukkot.
Please visit the URJ Sukkot Page for more information, history, customs, and family activities to help you rejoice in the festival of Sukkot.