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Beth Shalom families
decorate their sukkah and
enjoy events together.
he weather cooperated on Sunday,
Sept. 15, for Congregation Beth
Shalom's annual sukkah decorat-
ing party. Twenty families, many including
grandparents, got together in the synagogue's
sukkah to paint pictures, make paper garlands
and enjoy an afternoon together. The rain held
off until after everyone enjoyed a pizza supper
in the sukkah.
Maddy Byun, 11, and her sister Abby Minor,
6, of Berkley, said they most enjoyed making
paper chains, and Abby also liked wielding a
stapler. Both said Sukkot is one of their favor-
ite holidays. "They love watching their dad put
up the sukkah and having picnics in there
said their mother, Jessica Minor.
The children had about 1,000 square feet
to decorate. In 2011, the Beth Shalom suk-
kah in Oak Park more than doubled in size,
enabling the congregation to hold a variety of
events there during the eight-day festival. On
the second day of Sukkot, the congregation
enjoyed a lasagna lunch. One of the Beth
Shalom Men's Club most popular events is
the annual Steak in the Sukkah, held on the
Sunday of Sukkot. Rabbi Robert Gamer, an
avid gourmet chef, delighted more than 50
attendees with his specialty steaks.
This happy crowd drew Sukkot-themed pictures for the sukkah.
Asher Zacks, 7, of Huntington Woods
gives his opinion of Sukkot.
Leah Zacks, 3, of Huntington Woods
creates a drawing for the sukkah.
Readying The Sukkah
Sophie Eizen, 10, and her dad, Don
Eizen of Royal Oak, take a break from
Jessica Minor of Berkley and her mom,
Linda Hull of Deland, Fla., hang fruit in
Adat Shalom families gathered to put up and decorate the shul sukkah.
Jolie Banooni, 13, of Bloomfield Hills
with the lulav and etrog
Libby Greenberg, 16, and Gabi Gamily, 12, both
of West Bloomfield, select skakh for the sukkah.
Jacob Cymerint, 13, of Livonia with
Elan Goldstein, 12, of West Bloomfield,
high on a ladder
October 3 • 2013
Families sing Sukkot songs in the sukkah with Hazzan Daniel Gross.
Artistic trio: Sasha Ruskin, 8, of Novi, Rose Gallatin, 9, of
West Bloomfield and Amanda Kolin, 10, of Bloomfield Hills.
Decorations are being made by Harrison, 6, and Sydney Ruskin,
8, of Novi, along with Yonatan Ser, 4, of West Bloomfield.