Sukkot Across America
Sukkot Across America
Click here for a list of 2012 Sukkot Across America participating locations!
Why your synagogue should be a part of it.
There is no question that Sukkot is one of the most joyous and fun-filled holidays found in the Jewish calendar. Unfortunately, many unaffiliated and marginally affiliated Jews in your community have never experienced this joy, since they have never been invited to join the celebration.
The goal of Sukkot Across America is to have synagogues and outreach programs across the country open their sukkot to the general Jewish community and, hopefully, inspire the visitors to become more engaged in Jewish life. In return for NJOP’s support and coordination of this project, all NJOP asks of participating locations is that they open their sukkot to the general community one day during Chol Hamoed, the intermediate days. It needn’t be more than a social gathering with simple refreshments provided. In previous years, many programs included live music or entertainment for parents and their families which added a festive air to the Sukkot Across America event.
The program should be preceded by NJOP’s Sukkot Workshop to provide a context for the Sukkot Across America celebration. After the holidays, each participating Sukkot Across America location is expected to offer a free, Hebrew Reading Crash Course as part of the Read Hebrew America/Canada campaign. NJOP is prepared to provide you with copies of its sample, mini-Reishith Binah Hebrew booklet to distribute to participants at the Sukkot Across America event in order to whet their appetite to return and attend the Hebrew Reading Crash Course.
Because the goal is to make everyone feel welcome in the sukkah, NJOP is also requesting that the program be offered free of charge and that all food served be kosher.
If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this form or call 646-871-0113. Those locations chosen by NJOP to participate will be offered funding to promote their program.
We have included links below to samples of the educational materials and publicity flyer that you’d be able to personalize and/or resize for use in your advertising.
Sukkot Across America is one of many programs that you can offer as part of our Parents Are Teachers (P.A.T.) initiative. To learn more about P.A.T., click here.
Click here if you are interested in offering other NJOP programs or classes.