Oct 16 Beit Sefer and All Congregation Sukkah Building

Last year, we build the sukkah on a beautiful day, hope it's as nice this year!

Last year, we built the sukkah on a beautiful day, hope it’s as nice this year!

Beit Sefer students really did the building. Come on out and help!

Beit Sefer students really did the building. Come on out and help!

This coming Sunday morning, Oct 16, 2016 9:30 to 11:30 during our regular Beit Sefer/Religious School time, AARC will be building a Sukkah at Carole Caplan’s farm, 6900 Jennings Rd. The students, teachers and parents will build the sukkah just like last year, and we welcome help from all AARC members and friends. We will scour the land for s’kach (raw, unfinished vegetable matter) roof cover; we’ll make decorations; we’ll sing some songs in the finished sukkah! Please give yourself enough time to arrive by 9:30 so we can get the sukkah built in time to enjoy it. The eight day holiday of Sukkot begins at sundown on Sunday Oct 16.

Our really delightful Children’s High Holiday machzor/prayerbook closed with the Ufros aleinu prayer which is part of the evening Hashkivenu prayer.  The prayer asks God to spread over us a sukkat shalom/shelter of peace. As Rabbi Rachel Barenblatt says,

“During evening prayer there’s an extra blessing added — extra because it doesn’t appear in morning or afternoon prayer — which asks God to shelter us through the coming night. We pray ופרוש עלינו סכת שלומך, ufros aleinu sukkat shlomecha, ‘spread over us the sukkah of Your peace.’” Here’s a link to her blogpost “Shelter and Peace.”

And here’s link to the Hashkivenu prayer as sung during St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation’s evening service. Recording features a wonderful group of CRC musicians: Rabbi Randy Fleisher, Leslie Caplan, Marty Miller, Andrew John, and Steve Friedman.

When we build a physical sukkah together, we can bring the meaning of this even closer. Enjoy, and see you Sunday.

Beit Sefer Builds a Sukkah and Shakes a Lulav

 

Beit Sefer students really did the building.

Beit Sefer students really did the building.

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What a beautiful day to build a sukkah.

Enornous toda raba to Carole Caplan who really knows how to build a sukkah!

Debbie Gombert led us in song.

Debbie Gombert led us in song.

We made lulavs from local plants and shook them to the east, north, south, west, and up and down.

We made lulavs from local plants and shook them to the east, north, south, west, and up and down.

Lunch and Learning in the Sukkah, on the Farm

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Sept 27th, 2015, 11:45am-3:30pm

Join us for a vegetarian catered lunch.
Please bring a side dish or something from your harvest to share!

Following lunch we will celebrate the season with:

  • Readings and reflection on the end of this shmita cycle
  • Mindful walking in the garden
  • Art and exercises for expression and play
  • Yoga / Movement practice

There is no charge and the community is invited, but space is limited. Please RSVP to caplan.carole@gmail.com.  Directions will be provided.

This event is hosted by AARC and the Jewish Alliance for Food, Land and Justice, and is funded in part by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor!

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The Sukkot Retreat is Coming! (Sign up here)

Sukkot Retreat, 2014

Fri, Oct 10 to Sun, Oct 12

What:  Relax and enjoy a weekend full of learning, community, celebration, rest, and fun:

For-sukkot

• Build and decorate the sukkah
• Celebrate Sukkot
• Friday night songs and games
• Yoga
• Workshops
• Beit Sefer Sunday morning
• Bonfire with s’mores
• Havdalah
• Music and folk dancing
• Children’s activities and child care on Saturday

All with wonderful meals and beautiful walks!

Where: Emrich Retreat Center, 7380 Teahen Rd, Brighton, MI 48116

Directions and Map for Emrich Center:  http://mapq.st/piicbZ

New this year:  Eight more rooms of extra space, to allow more privacy, ability for kids to be near each other, etc.

Questions?  Contact Mike Ehmann, mtehmann@comcast.net

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