Sukkot 2018

We are so excited that, once again this year, the Center City Kehillah is building a community sukkah in Julian Abele Park at S. 22nd Street between Carpenter and Montrose! Many thanks to the friends of Julian Abele Park and all the Center City Kehillah organizations for their support that makes this project possible!

We have a full week of programming planned, plus many times when the sukkah will be open for anyone to eat in it. Tables and chairs will be available as well. Contact us for access. After you are done enjoying the sukkah, please remember to take all trash with you when you leave.

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Everyone is invited to Julian Abele Park to build and decorate our community sukkah! No experience necessary! Click here for details and to join and share the Facebook event.

Sukkot begins at sundown (6:37 pm). Bring your own dinner and join your neighbors for dinner in the sukkah to celebrate the start of the holiday.

Monday, September 24
Minyan Tikvah will be hosting a lunch and learn and vegetarian potluck lunch in the sukkah following their morning services, which are held at BZBI at 18th and Spruce. Lunch will likely begin around 12:30 after services. Click here for the Facebook event for lunch only. Click here to learn more about the services happening before lunch. You can also email for more details.

The second day of Sukkot starts at 8:00 pm. Bring your own dinner anytime during the evening for a holiday meal.

Tuesday, September 25
Bring your own lunch and eat in the sukkah!

From 6:00-7:00 pm, young professionals are invited to a Hebrew class with join Bat El Trabelsi from Jewish Federation, by way of Israel! Hebrew speakers of all levels are welcome to practice their conversational skills. This program is part of a twice monthly Hebrew series run by Bat El. Email for more information.

From 7:00-9:00 pm, you’re invited to the Philly Niggun Collective’s September gathering! Come at 7:00 pm to schmooze or snack (bring nosh for yourself or to share), leading into SINGING starting at 7:30 pm. Our goal is that any gathering will be shaped by the people present and participating, but generally, participants can expect:
>>A gathering focused on singing and listening, not socializing or talking about singing (come at 7:00 to schmooze or eat and be ready to SING at 7:30)
>>Opportunity for broad participation and leadership
>>A range of melodies from a variety of backgrounds, sung without words
Click here for more details.

Wednesday, September 26
From 12:00-1:00, join Germantown Jewish Centre’s Rina Rosenberg for “Wise Aging.” Whether you call it active aging, second adulthood or the third chapter,” baby boomers are now approaching this stage with opportunities to live more fully and face challenges more positively. We shall explore this together to give a taste of this rich program, run by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, with some Jewish stories to guide us and some Sukkot treats. Please bring your own lunch. For more information please email This event will be canceled in case of rain.

Makom Community will be holding their after afterschool enrichment for kiddos enrolled in the program at Makom Community. We’ll eat snack and learn, bench lulav, and play in the park. Advanced registration is required. Contact for information.

From 7:00-9:00 pm, Tribe 12 is hosting the Pop Up Giving Circle where you can celebrate Sukkot by #makingadifference! Come hang with us in the community Sukkah to meet new people, learn about some folks doing great work in Philly, and decide as a group to give a donation to a local non-profit. A Giving Circle is a group of people who come together to pool their money and make a group decision about what charity they want to support. Thus, your entire $10 registration fee will be a charitable donation to the non-profit organization determined by those who come to the event. There will also be snacks! #fallsnacks #pumpkinspicesukkah. Cost is $10. Click here for more information.

Thursday, September 27
Join Mekom Torah from 12:00-1:30 for Lunchtime Torah: Sukkot Secrets, led by Rabbi Helen Plotkin. Open to all – no prerequisites – all materials available in English. We’ll bring pizza and ask people to chip in. BYO drink. This is part of a bi-weekly Torah study in Center City. Click here to learn more. 

Makom Community will be holding their after afterschool enrichment for kiddos enrolled in the program at Makom Community. We’ll eat snack and learn, bench lulav, and play in the park. Advanced registration is required. Contact for information.

From 7:00-9:00 pm, experience A Taste of “On One Foot” with Rabbi Abe Friedman. Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israeli is offering again for a second year, On One Foot, a class for students seeking a basic orientation to fundamental Jewish concepts. On One Foot curriculum covers all of the essentials in an interactive format that encourages personal engagement. All are welcome. This event will be canceled in case of rain. Click here to learn more.

Friday, September 28
Makom Community will be holding their after afterschool enrichment for kiddos enrolled in the program at Makom Community. We’ll also do a brief, early Shabbat celebration with our kids’ families. Advanced registration is required for the afterschool program. All are welcome for the Shabbat celebration at 5:30 pm. Contact for information.

Heymish Minyan will be hosting Kabbalat Shabbat services and vegetarian potluck dinner from 7:00-10:00 pm. Lay-led egalitarian services are open to the community. Click here for details. 

Saturday, September 29
Bring your own Shabbat meal to enjoy in the sukkah throughout the day.

Sunday, September 30
From 10:30-11:30 am, come eat banana bread in the sukkah! Join Makom Community, jkidphilly, and the Center City Kehillah for a fun morning in the sukkah – plus a delicious taste test! Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe, or one you’ve been wanting to try? Everyone is invited to bake and bring their favorite banana bread (or muffins!), and we’ll sample all the varieties with friends, new and old, in our neighborhood sukkah. While we nosh, there will be Sukkot stories and crafts for the kids, plus the whole park to enjoy. Banana bread fans of all ages are welcome! Rain location TBD. Please bring a copy of the recipe for sharing as well as for anyone with allergies or dietary restrictions. Click here to register. 

Shemini Atzeret, the holiday for the end of Sukkot, begins at sundown. You’re still welcome to come and eat in the sukkah anytime!

Monday, October 1
Simchat Torah begins at sundown – if you need help finding a place to celebrate, let us know!

Wednesday, October 3 OR Sunday, October 7
Please come by to help us take down the sukkah and pack it up for next year! Exact timing TBD based on availability of volunteers. Let us know if you’re available to help!