Next Wednesday night, September 22nd, the week-long holiday of Sukkot begins. Also known as the Festival of Booths, this is an agricultural holiday commemorating how the Nation of Israel lived while wandering in the desert and celebrating the harvest season.
Looking to get in on the Sukkah action? Here’s a review of great public Sukkot (plural of Sukkah, the holiday booths) in the Greater Boston area where you can bring your friends and your food, attend events and even help build one (building opportunities in italics).
Know of a Sukkah not on this list? Feel free to mention it in the comments section.
Location: Old State House Courtyard, 45 School St
Review: This Sukkah can be rickety at times but it’s got a good amount of room and is a nice place to meet fellow members of the tribe who work downtown.
Location: Vilna Shul Courtyard, 18 Phillips St
Review: History buffs will like that this Sukkah is located at a historic landmark! Help them build the Sukkah on Monday, 9/20 at 5:30 pm.
Location: Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt Auburn St
Review: The world’s largest octagonal Sukkah, lots of table space and very bright. $18 will buy a non-Harvard Student a meal during the week.
Location: Harvard Law School Quad, Mass Ave
Review: This is a small one and there are no light fixtures so if you come at night bring your own.
Location: Tremont Street Synagogue, 8 Tremont St
Review: Large Sukkah on a quite side street. Dairy Potluck on Wednesday night, 9/22.
Location; Congregation Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine St
Review: Close to Central Square in a residential neighborhood and close to Trader Joes where you can pick up dinner. You can help build this one on 9/19 at 10am.
Location: Chai Center, 105 Paul Street
Review: Feel free to bring your own food over or stop by on 9/16 for Sushi in the Sukkah with other young professionals – cover charge and all you can eat sushi.
Location: Café Eilat Parking Lot, 406 Harvard St
Review: Order anything from their store (pizza, calzones, Mexican, sushi, fish!) and enjoy it out back in the Sukkah.
Location: Moshe Kavod House, 165 Winthrop Rd
Review: Help this Jewish Social Justice House build and decorate their booth at 6pm on 9/19.
Location: Young Israel, 62 Green St
Review: Huge Sukkah with a very high roof and lots of table space. Bring your own kosher food. Monday night Blues concert with food available for purchase on 9/27.
Location: Kehillat Israel, 384 Harvard St
Review: A big L shape sukkah, lit with twinkly lights and set in a wooded area.
Location: Shaloh House/Chabad, 29 Chestnut Hill Avenue
Review: Huge and fancy Sukkah (kosher food only). Sukkot Extravaganza – BBQ & music on 9/ 26 from 3-6 pm.
Location: Chabad, 32 Loring St.
Review: On 9/26 come here for Pizza in the Hut – one of the best names for a Sukkah event.