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 (5779 or 2018), Sukkot is celebrated from sundown on September 23 through September 30. Temple offices are closed on September 24 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.