Days after the deep introspection of Yom Kippur, our tradition tells us to get out of our homes and dwell in temporary outdoor structures, shake the lulav and etrog, sing Hallel, and engage in the embodied ritual experience of Sukkot. In doing so, we come face to face with the realities of our fragility and vulnerability while acknowledging the profound blessings of safety, security, and the abundance of our literal or symbolic harvests. Join us as we celebrate Sukkot and the High Holy Day season continues.
Our spiritual journey continues! This week we move from the individually introspective days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the communal joy of Sukkot. We leave the walls and borders of our houses—which separate us from one another—and step into a communal home within the sukkah, gathering with others to feel the deep joy of belonging in community.
Traditionally, the sukkah has no door and no locks; it is open to anyone passing by who wants to enter or simply needs a place to be. The sukkah broadcasts a message of love, openness, and acceptance: You belong here.
Celebrate Sukkot this year with BJ, savoring the warmth of our community and taking steps to embrace others, especially those who have been left outside or who feel as though they do not belong. We hope you will join us in the sukkah for music, meals, learning, prayer, service, and togetherness. Let’s make it a holiday of belonging for all.