Sometimes we feel that at the start of the High Holyday season, at Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. For many of us, we really feel that during Sukkot.
For those of us who live in the wall-to-wall climate control Sukkot reawakens understandings that are too easily taken for granted. It forces us to reconnect with food chains and ecosystems, to reaffirm our awareness that, despite our normal existence in carefully controlled environments, we are all passengers on "spaceship Earth." The rhythms and patterns of the natural order, and the quality of its equilibrium, will affect our lives.
When we spend time in the Sukkah, we get a unique chance to experience the natural world. We are subject to wind and rain, hot and cold, sunlight and moonlight; birds and bugs directly interact with us- and that which we are trying to eat. We are reminded of our dependence on nature, and of our need to protect it.
Once again this year we have several opportunities to take part in the celebration of the holiday. Several upcoming services, and all our student classes at Temple Beth Ami will be held in our ‘Super-Sukkah’ during the holiday. A Sukkot holiday guide is also available at the Temple.
Some of the events in our Sukkah this year include:
Friday night, September 20th we will have shabbat services in the sukkah. Cantor Kenny Ellis will help lead services at 8 pm, and we will once again host a surprise visitor to our Sukkah. Previous visitors included 442nd Veteran/Medal of Honor Winner George Sakato, Tariq Altas from SCV Islamic Center, Father Vivian Ben Lima, Rev. Canon Lynn Jay, Rev. John Shaver and Rev. Ricky Hoyt.
Sunday evening, Sept. 22nd at 6:00 PM, we will be hosting our annual wine and cheese social at the Blazer Family Sukkah.
On Monday evening, Sept. 23rd at 7:00 PM we will be hosting a special information night for March of the Living at the Blazer Family Sukkah. MOL is an annual international trip to Poland and Israel, which is open to 11th and 12th graders. This is the first time an organized group from the Santa Clarita Valley will be taking part in this amazing experience.
And don’t miss out on Simchat Torah, which comes at the end of Sukkot in what is always a raucous good time. We rejoice with the Torah with music, dance, food and drink Thursday night, September 26th at 7:00 PM. Take part in unrolling the entire Torah scroll as we complete the yearly cycle of reading, and begin a new one. For those who are able to come early, we will be having pizza at 6:00 PM, immediately following religious school.
And just around the corner is the Celebration of Life-Animal Service, October 5th at 10 AM, as we bring our pets to shul for a special blessing, and read from the story of Noah. This is the 13th year of this special tradition.
The month ahead is filled with wonderful opportunities to be together, and so much to celebrate. We hope it is the beginning of an even more wonderful year.
LE-SHANAH TOVAH TIKATEVU -- MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED FOR A GOOD YEAR!