SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In preparation for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, volunteers from the Men’s Club and students in the Religious School built a Sukkah (booth) at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains on Sunday, Sept. 20. 

The Sukkah was erected on the synagogue’s outdoor patio to replicate the temporary huts that ancient Jews dwelled in while wandering in the desert. Throughout the week-long celebration of Sukkot, which begins Sunday, Sept.27 at sundown, congregants and Religious School students will be able to eat in Congregation Beth Israel’s Sukkah

Sukkot is an important Jewish holiday held in the autumn that commemorates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. According to, Sukkot commemorates the 40 years that the Jewish people wandered in the Sinai Desert, following their Exodus from Egypt.  Jews celebrate their trust in God by dwelling in a sukkah -- a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches.