For those Jews in Greenfield who can’t get to a sukkah because of the pandemic, Chabad of Greenfield will bring a sukkah to them.
Rabbi Yitzi Goldwasser, director of Chabad of Greenfield, will be taking to the streets on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 in a mobile sukkah, complete with popcorn and cotton candy machines, as well as lulav and etrogs, to facilitate the celebration of Sukkot for those sheltering at home.
Sukkot, the Festival of the Booths, is a seven-day holiday, beginning this year on the evening of Friday, Oct. 2 and ending after nightfall on Oct. 9. It is immediately followed by the two-day holiday of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Sukkot is celebrated by eating in a sukkah, an outdoor temporary structure covered with vegetation or bamboo that commemorates the time the Jews wandered in the desert wilderness.
“Our goal is to make Judaism and Jewish practice accessible to every one of Greenfield’s Jews,” said Goldwasser. “That’s why this year, we’ll be hosting safe outdoor Sukkot gatherings with masks and social distancing and helping many community members build their own Sukkah at home for the first time. It’s also why we’re bringing the sukkahmobile to the homes of people who want to join in the celebration, but aren’t able to join our socially-distanced communal gatherings.”
Health precautions, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant products, will ensure that everyone can safely participate, according to Goldwasser.
“Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the message of Sukkot rings loud and clear,” Goldwasser said. “We eat in the Sukkah to emphasize we all rely on G-d’s protection. We bring together the four species to emphasize the importance of unity even while we are each unique and diverse. These timeless messages guide us through these unprecedented times.”
For those not able to leave their home, Chabad of Greenfield also is offering Sukkot-at-home kits. The kits include a holiday guide, candles and traditional holiday treats.
To request a sukkahmobile visit, contact Chabad of Greenfield at 412-708-2734 or visit www.ChabadofGreenfield.com. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick