Livingston’s Friendship Circle brought the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot to families through its traveling sukkah. The sukkah was mounted on a flatbed truck; its purpose was to visit children with special needs and their families, as well as immunocompromised people and homebound seniors. The mobile sukkah was on the road from October 5 to 9.
“In Jewish tradition, the holiday of Sukkot is known as a particularly festive and joyous holiday,” the Friendship Circle’s CEO, Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, said. “This year, because of the pandemic, many people will not be able to join family or friends or visit a communal sukkah and we wanted to bring the joy of the sukkah directly to them. We want to invite them in to our mobile sukkah to enjoy some individually wrapped snacks, a drink and some Sukkot smiles.”
Everyone in the sukkah stayed socially distanced and wore masks. When they were there, visitors were able to shake a lulav and etrog and make the blessing over them. and shaking the four species, a citron fruit, palm branch, willow twigs, and myrtle stems.