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September 2021


It’s time to join us for Sukkot, which begins tonight, Monday Sept.20th at sundown, & continues through next Monday, Sept. 27th.  Sometimes referred to as the Festival of Tabernacles & the Feast of Booths, Sukkot commemorates the years the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, & celebrates how G-d protected them under the most challenging desert conditions.  It’s one festival for giving Thanks & celebrates the yearly harvest.

Our RIJC Sukkah, located on the Terrace of the Senior Center (directions below) will officially “open” today after 5 pm, and daily thru next Monday, for you to bring your breakfast, lunch or dinner meals (or all 3), along with all your dining supplies, and visit with your friends and neighbors.  We suggest you keep your meals light and short, as we are trying to keep our Sukkah capacity to about 12 at a time, with additional seating adjacent.

A BIG Thank You to our Sukkah Decorating Team, led by Tamar Levanon, and ably assisted by her sisters Dalia & Maya, their Mom, Amber Seligson Levanon, and Judy Berdy, “Queen of the Paper Chains”.  Special Thanks to our 2019 artists, whose decorations were recycled for 2021.

An Important reminder that even though we are outdoors and nearly all of you & your children over 12 are fully vaccinated, face coverings/masks are strongly recommended when you are in & around the Sukkah, except when eating or when physical distancing isn’t possible. Children under 12, who are still not yet eligible for vaccines, should be masked also, except when eating.

And, please join us for Shabbat at the Sukkah, this Friday September 24th at  6:15 pm. We will email and post the specifics for this special evening later in the week. Please visit RIJC.org and check your email for details.


Nina Lublin