Building the community's sukkah was one of the first activities for our fledgeling community in 1978. Our portable structure is erected at someone's home each year and decorated for oneg Shabbat during the holiday.
We also celebrate on Sunday morning, when the adult education program is suspended and we all join the children to pick apples at a farm in Montgomery County, Maryland. Our harvest includes some produce to donate to a food bank, in keeping with our community's tradition of giving.
Focusing - as always, with Kehila - on food, this "Sukkot in the Country" celebration continues with a pot luck lunch, in recent years at Sanctuary, where Reb David shares Jewish teachings about the holiday and environmental stewardship.
In 2015 bad weather forced our celebration indoors, but we still had fun learning to shake the lulav! Soon after, we helped Reb David plant trees at sanctuary as part of a statewide sponsored by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources through the Alliance for the Bay.