Hillel Presents a Sukkah for Arcadia

By Purnell T. Cropper | October 25, 2011

By Kelsey Wolf

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest. During biblical times while people were tending to their fields they would build booths called sukkahs. Sukkahs would allow people to sleep out by their fields without having to travel a long distance back to their homes. Nowadays, sukkahs are constructed to commemorate this annual event. They are typically decorated with fruits, vegetables, and other harvest/fall related items.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, members of Arcadia’s Hillel chapter (Hillel is an organization that promotes Jewish life on college campuses) along with the help of Facilities built a sukkah. The sukkah was places along the walk of pride by the wishing well. On Friday night the roof was completed and during Saturday’s Fall Fest activities the final decorations were put into place.

On Monday, Oct. 17, Hillel members completed one of many mitzvahs (good deeds/obligations) associated with Sukkot, eating dinner in the sukkah. Members, and even a few passersby, enjoyed pizza, brownies, and good conversation. “Everyone had a great time, and we can’t wait to have this even annually,”says the Board of Hillel.

Hillel meets every other Monday in 3rd Knight Lounge.