Sukkot

Sukkot, with its time outdoors, “dwelling” in a beautiful fragile structure, sukkah, and shaking our lulav and etrog, is a highlight of the Jewish year. It is a grounding step, connecting us to the physicality of the world, after the 25 hours of internal contemplation that is Yom Kippur. 

 

This year, due to the need for social-distancing, we are not able to fill every corner of our sukkot, inviting as many guests as we can fit into our sukkah. However, we have found ways to celebrate Sukkot together. 

       

We will celebrate Sukkot services both in person and via Zoom. We will also have the Sukkah available for PSJC members to come by throughout the holiday to shake a lulav, recite Kiddush, or just step inside for a few moments. See the schedule below for details. The Sukkah will be significantly smaller than it usually is in order to accommodate the expanded tent we have in our yard this Fall. We ask that while people should feel free to stop into the Sukkah, meals need to be eaten in the tent. We will treat the tent like outdoor dining at a restaurant, with sign ups for tables and a 45 minute limit when people are waiting for a table - members will receive an email with links to make reservations. The schedule is below. 

Sukkot Services

Sukkot begins Friday night, October 2nd with Lev Tahor Sukkot Kabbalat
Shabbat (via Zoom only) at 6:15PM
Kiddush in the PSJC Sukkah at 7:30PM

Shabbat Sukkot services, Saturday, October 3rd 10:00AM-12:30PM
(In the PSJC tent** and via Zoom)

Sukkot Yom Tov services, Sunday, October 4th 10:00AM-12:30PM
(In the PSJC tent** and via Zoom)

Hol Hamoed Sukkot services, Monday, October 5-Thursday, Oct 8, 8:00AM-9:30AM
(In the PSJC tent** and via Zoom)

Hoshanah Rabbah services, Friday, October 9, 8:00AM-10:30AM
(In the PSJC tent** and via Zoom)

Shabbat Shemini Atzeret services (including Yizkor) Saturday, October
10, 10:00AM-12:45PM
(In the PSJC tent** and via Zoom)

Schedule for Sukkah and Tent

All services are both in person and Zoom unless otherwise noted
All meals are in the tent

Friday, October 2 - Shabbat/Night 1 Sukkot
6:15PM: Lev Tahor, Zoom only
7:30PM: Kiddush in/near sukkah

Dinner (for 45 minutes in the tent)
10 pods, 6:30PM
10 pods, 7:30PM

Saturday, October 3 - Day 1 Sukkot
10:00AM-12:40PM: Services in tent, up to 30

Open Lunches/dinners
10 pods, 1:00PM
10 pods, 5:30PM
10 pods, 6:30PM

Sunday, October 4 - Day 2 Sukkot
10:00AM-12:40PM: Services in tent, up to 30

Open Lunches
10 pods, 1:00PM

3:00-6:00PM: Youth and Family programming in sukkah and tent

Monday, October 5 - Hol Hamoed Sukkot
8:00-9:00AM: Minyan in tent (up to 30), followed by moment in Sukkah

9:00AM-7:00PM: Sukkah open for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
9:00AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
12:00PM
1:00PM

5:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM

Tuesday, October 6 - Hol Hamoed Sukkot
8:00-9:00AM: Minyan (up to 30)

9:00AM-2:00PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
9:00AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
12:00PM

3:00-6:00PM: Hebrew school programming in tent and sukkah

6:00-8:00PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
7:00PM

Wednesday, October 7 - Hol Hamoed Sukkot
8:00-9:00AM: Minyan (up to 30)

9:00AM-2:00PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
9:00AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
12:00PM

3:00-6:00PM: Hebrew school programming in tent and sukkah

6:00-8:00PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
7:00PM

Thursday, October 8 - Hol Hamoed Sukkot
8:00-9:00AM: Minyan (up to 30)

9:00AM-6:00PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
9:00AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
12:00PM
1:00PM

5:00-7:00PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
5:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM

Friday, October 9 - Hoshanah Rabba
8:00-10:30AM: Minyan (up to 30)

10:30-11:00AM: Sukkah for minyan goers

11:00AM-7:30PM: Sukkah available for brief visits

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
11:30AM
12:30PM

Services on Zoom, 6:15PM

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
5:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Saturday, October 10 - Shabbat Shemini Atzeret
10:00AM-12:45PM: Services

Tent available for meals (up to 10 pods)
1:00PM
2:00PM

**Because of social distancing needs, we can welcome only 30 people per service in person in the PSJC tent. If you are interested in attending a service, please reserve a spot via the link you've been emailed—we suspect that more than 30 people will want to attend services in person on any given day, so people who have requested attendance at a service will be randomly selected to attend that service. We ask that people attend at most two in-person services per month in order to allow all who would like to attend to do so. 
 
Note, leaders of services, Torah readers, Haftarah readers, people receiving Aliyot and the like will lead either in person or on Zoom. You do not have to attend services in order to participate in services, and those who are participating in the service will not automatically be assigned to a specific service. 
 
All people who attend in-person services must be free of symptoms of Covid-19. Your name and phone number must be provided for contact-tracing. When you arrive at shul, your temperature will be taken, and we ask that you please stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. Thank you for helping us protect one another. 

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