SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As is the early fall tradition, members of Men's Club at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) pitched in Thursday night to build the synagogue's sukkah, as the Jewish community in Scotch Plains/Fanwood prepares to celebrate the week-long holiday of Sukkot, beginning Friday, Oct. 2.
 
"We had a great turn-out for our kick-off event of the year," said Jonathan Jaffe, Men's Club president. "For us, building the sukkah is the perfect opportunity to get together and do a mitzvah for the synagogue. Because of the pandemic, many of us haven't seen each other in a while, so it was fun to have a socially-distant outdoor activity that we can all enjoy together."
 
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An estimated 25 members of Men's Club participated in the event, which called for erecting sturdy poles, bamboo and a roof for the temporary structure, which will be home to many celebrations over the week of Sukkot, culminating Friday, Oct. 9.  Men's Club will have its own activity on Oct. 8, with a theme of "Spirits in the Night," CBI Rabbi Howard Tilman will be sharing stories of spirits in Jewish lore, as 

Men's Club members sip their own spirits and enjoy the holiday in the sukkah among friends.
 
Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths.

 
It is not too late to join Men's Club this year. And that begins with joining CBI. Learn more at cbinj.org.

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