Jewish organization invites community to Sukkot events

LITCHFIELD — Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut hopes the community will join them in celebrating Sukkot on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5.

Sukkot is a biblical holiday, which commemorates the protective clouds that surrounded the Jewish nation as they wandered in the desert.  In remembrance of that great miracle, we eat in a hut covered by bamboos or palm branches, for eight days.  Jews also take four kinds of live vegetation; a citron, palm, willows and myrtle and bless then shake them together on each of the eight days,” explained Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach, of Chabad.

Eating together in a temporary hut, he said, signifies a trust in God and recognizes his constant protection.

The Jewish tradition is to eat in the Sukkah from Friday at sunset to sunset on Oct. 9.

Chabad will host its annual Sukkot Under the Stars dinner Friday beginning at 6 p.m. The program will include a  full-course meal, interactive services,  songs, and family-style games. Tickets are $25.00, $10 for children 12 years old and under and $60 for families. 

Then, on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to Pizza in the Hut.  All who attend will be able to eat in the Sukkah and make a blessing on the lulav and etrog  There will be a moonwalk for the kids along with singing and dancing. The charge is $8.00 per person or $30.00 maximum per family.

Please RSVP for either event at www.chabadNW.org/rsvp or call 1-800-297-6864.  Both events will be held at 7 Village Green Drive in Litchfield.

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