The celebration of Sukkot begins tonight. For eight days we meet friends, family, and strangers alike in sukkot large and small. We share food and drink and some people sleep in these temporary dwellings. We live in these fragile booths for various reasons, but at the end they come down and we resume living in our permanent homes. Here are some resources to help raise your awareness of the justice issues associated with Sukkot:
- Repair the World has put together a comprehensive list of articles and posts focusing on various issues related to Sukkot.
- Rabbi Jill Jacobs, author of Where Justice Dwells wrote a piece on Sukkot and Social Justice that helps to put into perspective the necessity to fuse Jewish identity and social justice. Living in a hut can be a novelty but, for many people in our communities, these frail structures resemble homes.
- The ONE campaign partnered with AJWS to put together a guide: Sukkot 2010: and the Famine in the Horn of Africa is filled with practical and useful information. We encourage you to share it with as many of your friends as possible.
- Looking for a Sukkah? The Isabella Freedman center Sukkahfest in Connecticut allows you to celebrate Sukkot under the stars. The New York City Team’s Sukkah Social in Brooklyn gives you the opportunity to meet the Pursue City Team this Monday and discuss social justice with like-minded people. Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim’s Sukkot Block Party starts next weekend. Tonight, JFREJ is sponsoring Occupy Sukkot along with several others across the U.S. If you’re in Washington D.C., our friends at Global Circle are hosting a sukkah celebration focused on food justice, hunger, and famine.
- It wouldn’t be a holiday without fun videos. The G-d Cast once again delivers with their Sukkot video, one of our favorites. Last year’s Sukkah City brought impressive structures to Union Square in New York City. And Moishe House’s video teaches you How to Build a Sukkot.
- Last week we shared that Leymah Roberta Gbowee, AJWS grantee and women’s rights activist, won a Nobel Peace Prize. AJWS put together this video of her speech last fall at AJWS’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Enjoy your holiday!