Chabad of Peachtree City will host Sukkos, Simchas Torah celebrations

Chabad of Peachtree City, serving Atlanta’s south side, invites everyone to the first night of the Jewish holiday of “Sukkos.” This is a biblical holiday commonly identified as the Tabernacles celebration.

The holiday lasts for a total of nine days — the first and final two days being sacred days.

During its first eight days, Jewish people eat all their meals in a booth-like structure called, in Hebrew, a “Sukkah,” hence the name of the holiday “Sukkos”, which is plural for “booths.” The purpose of the holiday, as explained in the Bible (Leviticus 23:43) is “In order that your ensuing generations should know that I settled the children of Israel in ‘booths’ when I took them out of the land of Egypt.” These booths refer to the “clouds of glory” that protected the children of Israel, which resembled booths.

Rabbi and Mrs. Lew invite members of the community to join Chabad of Peachtree City for a brisket dinner in the Sukkah at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, Sept. 30. This is the first time in history that a Sukkah will be built in Peachtree City. The Sukkah will be at the Lew residence, 219 Kelvington Way, Peachtree City. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Space is very limited. RSVP to mussy@friendshipcircle.com.

There are also opportunities to visit throughout the other days of the holiday, and to participate in the “four species” ritual. Call 678-595-0199 for arrangements.

Celebrating the holiday’s final night, Chabad of Peachtree City invites the community to the “Simchas Torah” celebration at 7:30 p.m. Monday night, Oct. 8. The celebration will begin with a genuine Chassidic “Farbrengen” (gathering), with food, drink, song and inspiration, following which will be dancing with the Torah. There is no charge for the event, and it will be also held at the Lew residence.

The celebration will continue the next morning at 10 a.m. with more celebration and inspiration.