Enjoy an early morning boost at the Walnut Street Train Station in Montclair Friday, September 20, 7:15-9:30 a.m., as Bnai Keshet Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and crew offer coffee and pastries to celebrate the harvest holiday of Sukkot.
Help Tepperman create the spirit of hospitality at the core of this weeklong Jewish holiday. Shake your lulav—bundled palm fronds and leaves—and take in holiday stories commemorating the Israelites’ 40 years in the desert living in temporary huts, or sukkahs. Extra lulavs will be on hand for those who’d like to shake, shake, shake.
Having just launched a yearlong effort to “welcome the stranger,” Tepperman chose a public venue over his synagogue’s spiritual home “to share a little bit about this awesome holiday that ties us to the earth and its seasons, and to welcome those who might desire to join us.”.
Lulavs and sukkahs are made of the four species of Sukkot: palm, or lulav; citron, or etrog; myrtle, or hadas, and willow, or arava. Tepperman will distribute postcards welcoming the greater Essex community to Bnai Keshet’s week of Sukkot and Simchat Torah activities.
Bnai Keshet is a Reconstructionist synagogue serving the Greater Essex area. They synagogue is located at 99 South Fullerton Ave. For more information, visit www.bnaikeshet.org or call 973.746.4889