October 15, 2021 •
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Sukkot 5782: Celebrating Sukkot at TBA and at home

Dinner in the TBA Sukkah, Sukkot HavDylan Concert, Building a Sukkah

Sukkot service, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10:00 AM



To celebrate Sukkot, The Reticents will perform in the Saul Reinfeld Hall on Saturday evening, Sept. 25, at 7:30 pm. Proof of vaccination or testing protocol will be required to attend.
The Reticents are a group of Montclair musicians whose individual members have performed in Broadway orchestras, on CDs, on television shows and commercials, on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, and in the touring bands of – among others – Suzanne Vega and Darlene Love. The band performs renditions of Bob Dylan’s songs from the 1960’s all the way into the current century. Their imaginative arrangements rock, feature great instrumental accompaniment and three-part harmonies.
The Reticents include: Iris Schaffer-Hall (Vocals), Bob Mellman (Bass, guitar, and vocals), Doug Hall (Keyboards, vocals), Mike Levine (Electric guitar), Frank Vilardi (Drums)
etrogand lulavBelieve it or not, Sukkot is fast approaching! Below, you’ll find resources for building a sukkah.
Since have been staying in our permanent dwellings for so many months, Sukkot offers us an opportunity to re-experience the senses, take in the outdoors, and notice the world around us.
sukkahOn to the building! Sukkah building is not just a great family activity, it connects us back to our ancestors wandering in the desert, seeking shelter and protection amid 40 years of uncertainty.
There are a few specific laws of sukkah building, which are stated very clearly at this link. To sum it up, a sukkah must have 2.5 walls, be sturdy enough to withstand an ordinary wind, have more shade than sun, and the schach (the roofing on the sukkah) should be detached from the ground and nature-based (leaves, branches, a bamboo mat, etc.).
This first sukkah building link is much more my speed! It looks like you just need 9 diamond lattice panels, 2′ x 6′ or 2′ x 8′ for the walls, a pack of zip-ties, and a couple of cinder blocks to tie it all together and keep it steady.
For the handier amongst us, here is a link to a PVC-based sukkah, which will probably require a run to the hardware store.
Many more additional resources can be found online. We invite you to experiment with what you find and make it your own with decorations and adornments.camera phone
Once we reach Sukkot, please submit pictures of your beautiful community sukkahs here to share with the community.
Happy Building!
Shanah Tovah,
Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Cantor Jessica Epstein
Rabbi Max Edwards

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