Most people probably know Sukkot as the holiday where people build huts in their yards; a holiday that often plays second fiddle to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in American homes. Dedicated to celebrating and appreciating the harvest season, the holiday has deep roots, serving as a reminder of the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert post exodus from Egypt.
Accordingly, Sukkot is a time to enjoy with family and friends, and to consider the state of the world and our community. Whether or not you get to building a sukkah, here a few creative ways to make Sukkot your own:
1. Get outside and go apple or pumpkin picking. In New England, apple picking is the ultimate sign of Fall and harvest, and it’s the perfect way to fully appreciate the season. Boston Magazine has a great list of the top 10 spots to pick, check it out.
2. Get your tickets now for the pop up dinner celebration at Branch Line on October 20. The chic restaurant patio plays a sukkah perfectly, and the seasonally inspired menu by Chef Ivan will be top notch. Tickets here, brought to you by the Jewish Arts Collaborative, Kitchen Kibitz, and Ganei Beantown.
3. Do some feel good decorating. This pinboard has a variety of simple ways to decorate to bring a taste of the outdoors and harvest inside. It doesn’t hurt that Sukkot falls near Halloween this year – load up on pumpkins and gourds and you can’t go wrong!
4. Go for a long walk outside to enjoy the glory of nature, and the beauty that is fall in New England. The crisp air and colored leaves don’t last for long, take this as the opportunity to take it all in. The Kennard Park sculpture trail is up through November 11th and will inspire!
5. Donate to a homeless shelter. As we think about what it means to be homeless and to wander in search of a home, giving back to a homeless shelter in time or money is a small way that we can make a difference. Find a shelter near you and see how you can give back.
So eat in a sukkah, decorate, get outside – and let Sukkot serve as your motivation to get out and enjoy the fall and friends!