Inspiration for Sukkot Fun

building the Sukkah

Sukkot 2016 starts the evening of Sunday, October 16th. I love fall, nature, excuses to be outside, and autumn harvest foods. So it’s no wonder that I love Sukkot. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to build your own sukkah, there are still 100s of ways to celebrate. To inspire you, here are just a few: Colorful Sukkot Recipes Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes Easy Roasted Red Pepper Soup from   Mini-Sukkah Crafts Build a Mini Sukkah for Sukkot  from Tori Avey Instant Edible Sukkah from BibleBeltBalabosta   More Family-Friendly … [Read more...]

Building Anticipation for Sukkot

Building a sukkah

“Is It Sukkot Yet?” is a brand new hard cover book by Chris Barash, pictures by Alessandra Psacharopulo designed for young children, 3-6. With a focus on all the senses, the story uses an echoing of the phrase, “Sukkot is on its way,” as it shares the tale of a family in a pastoral setting getting ready for the holiday. With lovely stylized images on each page – from gardens and fences, to trees and birds, squirrels and dogs, wagons, and so on, the color palette is all about fall, with lots of reds, oranges, browns, greens, golds. Because of the short amount of copy on each page (some of … [Read more...]

Sukkot – “Excuse for a 7-Day Picnic”

Sukkot harvest

“Sukkot is an opportunity and excuse for a seven-day picnic.” – Anita Diamant [Here’s one of our favorite blog posts from the past, edited for 2015] If you’re a nature lover, the holiday of Sukkot is tailor-made for you. And because the festival lasts from sunset on Sunday, September 27 through nightfall Sunday, October 4, you have lots of time to celebrate. During this annual harvest festival, we sometimes eat meals – and even sleep – in temporary outdoor structures called “sukkot” (singular: sukkah). What if you don’t have a traditional sukkah? No worries. There are still lots … [Read more...]

No Sukkah? No Worries.

Donate a portion of your garden's vegetables to a local food pantry.

Huge thanks to Jane Larkin for this wonderful post! See her bio below.  Judaism is filled with many rituals and symbols that connect us to Jewish life past and present. But while beautiful, these traditions can also hinder our observance by making an absence of the right “equipment” an easy excuse for not celebrating certain holidays. Sukkot is one celebration that falls into this category. It’s joyous and fun. It’s also important. We’re commanded by the Torah to celebrate it. But many non-Orthodox Jews don’t because there are significant “barriers to entry.” Most homes don’t own a … [Read more...]

“Build” an Indoor Sukkah

Let’s say you can’t build an outdoor sukkah. And you don’t have a porch to decorate that helps you simulate a real sukkah. That's OK - because there is an alternative. If you have woods and farmer’s markets nearby, you can decorate your usual eating space. And you can “imagine” your breakfast room or dining room into an indoor sukkah. On October 3, we start 8 Weeks of Hanukkah Specials. Let your friends and family know to sign up at to get our free weekly ideas AND our weekly specials. To see if someone had already thought of this indoor sukkah concept, I … [Read more...]