September 21 – October 2, 2018
Family activities: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In honor of the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot, the JCC Chicago and North Shore Congregation Israel will create the annual sukkah display at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. The branch-covered booth is decorated with fall fruits and vegetables, including dried corn, squash, and gourds. Families are invited to take part in arts and crafts activities to decorate the sukkah.
Sukkot, or the Festival of Booths, celebrates the end of the harvest and the days when the Israelites lived in the wilderness before entering the promised land. A sukkah is often erected during the festival, and this branch-covered booth is decorated with fall fruits and vegetables. It is common practice for Jews to eat in—and even live in—this temporary dwelling during the seven-day festival. Another tradition is to wave the lulav—a long, palmlike branch that is a combination of myrtle, palm, and willow, while holding an etrog, a lemonlike fruit, alongside it.