Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei and is marked by several distinct traditions. One tradition, which takes the commandment to "dwell in booths" literally, is to build a sukkah, a booth or hut. A sukkah is often erected by Jews during this festival, and it is common practice for some to eat and even live in these temporary dwellings during Sukkot. Read more about the history and customs of Sukkot.
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As the Capital Campaign is diligently working to raise funds to complete our New Synagogue, we want to extend a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all those who have made donations and who are paying their pledges toward this monumental undertaking.
Funding this magnificent project predominantly falls on the Beth Israel membership, rather than outside gifts or grants, so the Capital Campaign continues its work of updating the Beth Israel community on the building's progress and soliciting greater participation in its financing. We do have a ways to go, but for a small congregation we have accomplished a great deal.
While the stated goal is to keep the construction going, an added bonus of the Campaign effort is getting to know each other along the way. After all, we are building a community as well as a New Synagogue!
David Goldman, Chair
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Congregation Beth Israel
Bellingham, Washington 98225