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October 27, 2011 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-10-27

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Sukkah Trolley Tour

Sukkot At The Shul

Aish in the Woods holds its 5th annual Sukkot event.

Several generations and Friendship Circle participants

enjoy crafts, food — and a Sukkah Mobile.


traveling Sukkah Mobile,
sponsored by the Lubavitch
Foundation of Michigan,
brought Sukkot to homes throughout
Metro Detroit. Rabbinical students from
the local yeshivah led participants in per-
forming the rituals of the holiday includ-
ing holding and shaking the lulav and
etrog, eating in the sukkah and saying
the appropriate blessings.
The custom of storytelling was the
theme of an intergenerational Sukkot pro-
gram for students and their grandparents
at The Shul Chabad Lubavitch Hebrew
School. After some traditional stories told
by Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, the grandpar-
ents took turns telling personal stories
about the people and places that were part
of their family holiday celebrations. Then
the grandparents and students worked
together to create memory frames that
included their pictures and written ver-
sions of their family stories.
On Oct. 18, the sukkah also was filled
with crafts, food and fun during "Pizza in
the Hut:' a party hosted by The Shul for
Friendship Circle participants. I I


Time for snacks in the Aish sukkah

Top right:

This bright red trolley took

participants to four different

Bottom right:

Children make crafts during the
trolley tour.

Natalie Scheyer of West Bloomfield

says the blessings with the lulav and

etrog during Friendship Circle's "Pizza

in the Hut" party at The Shul sukkah.

All Bekker, 8, and his grandfa-

ther Roland Beurer, both of West

Bloomfield, work on a memory frame.

Hillel Celebrates Sukkot And Gilad Shalit's Release.


t was a double celebration this week
as Hillel Day School children partici-
pated in Sukkot-themed activities as
well as rejoicing at the news that Israel
Defense Forces Sgt. Gilad Shalit was
finally released by Hamas after more
than five years in captivity.
Grades 1-6 enjoyed field day with
activities such as a corn toss, a lulav/
etrog competition and a building project.
The entire school was part of the suk-

kah decorating party that is an annual
event organized by the PTO. The Early
Childhood Center children created their
own lulav and etrog and celebrated Sukkot
in their classrooms, while the K-1 students
marched around the sukkah and class-
rooms shaking their lulav and etrog.
Overall, Hillel was brimming with
Sukkot festivities and, this year, every-
thing was so much sweeter with the
release of Gilad Shalit.

Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park

held a Sukkot Open House on Oct. 16

as part of the Sukkot Across America

program, which urged synagogues across

Second-grader Brie Cherrin tries not to

the nation to open their sukkahs to the

spill any corn in the corn bucket relay

general Jewish community. Here Abigail

Eichenhorn of Huntington Woods, a Beth

Shalom religious school teacher, explains
the blessings for Sukkot.

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Second-grader Skylar Elbinger shakes

her lulav and etrog with the help of

teacher Tamar Traub.

Fifth-grader Bebe Schaefer builds a
sukkah during Field Day.

Rabbi Robert Gamer shows Eden

Fourth-grader Blake Zamler: Gourd
Relay Champion!

Beckerman, 7, of Huntington Woods, a

second-grader at Beth Shalom's reli-

gious school, how to shake the lulay.

October 27




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