'Sukkah on wheels' brings holiday joy to Westsiders
With Covid-19 restrictions keeping many people at their homes, Chabad of the West Side found creative solutions to include as many locals as possible during this year's Jewish holiday season.
Sukkot, a sacred, week-long holiday celebrated outdoors inside man-made huts called "sukkahs," was celebrated this year at the beginning of October, with a pickup truck "Sukkah-mobile" trekking across the whole West Side.
This holiday is really all about inclusion; because we’re all created from the same creator, and everyone deserves a chance to celebrate – even in the current circumstances.
West Side families and individuals were invited on the Sukkah mobile to partake in traditional Jewish holiday customs. It was fun for the children and especially meaningful for the elderly; many of whom have not ventured out of their homes in the past few months.
In all, more than 100 westsiders were able to join in the celebration, from Lakewood in the east to Amherst in the west, to Medina in the south!
Rabbi Mendel Jacobs
Director of the local Chabad Jewish Center in Westlake