Sukkot

Our sukkah

After the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur wrap, Jewish families around the world prepare for three more holidays: Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. 

While these three days are lesser known holidays in the Jewish calendar, they are wonderfully kid-friendly times full of opportunities for hands-on learning, bonding with family and friends, and having some incredible fun outdoors while connecting to or starting your own unique family traditions. 

For more information about Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah,  check out the sections below:

SUKKOT


Lego Sukkot via BimBam

Sukkot, the fall holiday of thanksgiving, starts five days after Yom Kippur and lasts for a week. The most popular tradition of Sukkot is building, decorating, and spending time (even sleeping!) inside the a hut called a sukkah.

On Sukkot, families welcome guests into their sukkah, or visit friends in theirs, enjoy delicious seasonal foods, and feel thankful for what they have. You can learn how to build and decorate a sukkah, and find stories and activities in the sections below.


WATCH

Learn all about the fall holidays with these short videos.

How to Build a Sukkah
a Beatboxing Tutorial from Moishe House


Kids Talk About Sukkot


Watch a Family Build Their Sukkah Together


Learn How to Shake the Lulav


SUKKOT ACTIVITIES & RECIPES


SHEMINI ATZERET


SIMCHAT TORAH

Torah

When the annual cycle of Torah readings is complete, it's time for the holiday of Simchat Torah, Rejoicing in the Torah. This particular holiday comes right at the end of the Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot. On the evening of Simchat Torah, Torah scrolls are carried lovingly around synagogues in parades called hakafot. Everyone sings and dances; children wave flags. The following morning, the last verses of the Torah, in the book of Deuteronomy, are read aloud, followed by the first verses of the first book, Genesis, beginning a new cycle of reading.

7 Fun Things to do With Kids on Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah Crafts & Activities via Bible Belt Balabusta
Simchat Torah Activities for Kids via Union for Reform Judaism


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BOOK LISTS

Reading Watermelon in the Sukkah in a sukkah

 

Learn more with a story:

7 Children's Books About Sukkot
Books About Welcoming Guests
Books for Kids Who Love Being Outside
PJ Library Books About Sukkot
PJ Library Books About Simchat Torah
PJ Library Books About Shemini Atzeret

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