Sukkot in the ‘Gong

October 6, 2010 by Daniel Kaye
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Young Adult Chabad drove its Sukkahmobile to to Wollongong last week.

The AJN staff shake the Lulav and Ezrog

Wollongong, a city  south of Sydney hosted was a picnic BBQ arranged in conjunction with KEVA (Kibbutz Ex Volunteers Association), and AUJS (Australiasian Union of Jewish Students) giving the locals an opportunity to shake the Lulav and Etrog for the first time in their lives.

Yoke Berry, the Wollongong-based coordinator of KEVA said that “every year we have more participants and every year we wait for this event so that we may enjoy the Sukkah as well as the bagels, lox and spiritual inspiration that comes with it!”.

Rabbi Eli Feldman shows them how to shake....

The initiative enabled people to do the Mitzvot of Sukkot, including the shaking the Lulav and Etrog and making a blessing in the Sukkah.

The Sukkahmobile was a feature at Central Synagogue’s party at the Vibe Hotel in Rushcutters Bay, so that Jewish young adults attending could celebrate the festival.

The roving Sukkah also visited University campuses and other public places with a high concentration of Jews, such as Bondi Beach…and visited the offices of the national Jewish newspaper, the Australian Jewish News.

By the end of Sukkot, hundreds of people all over Sydney had been given the opportunity to enter a Sukkah and fulfil the Mitzvot of Sukkot.

The Sukkahmobile was manned by Young Adult Chabad Director Rabbi Eli Feldman and Manager Rabbi Danny Yaffe, with volunteered help from Harel Digmi and Yossi Jacobs.

In Wollongong

Young Adult Chabad is based in Sydney and is an initiative of the Yeshiva Centre – Chabad NSW Headquarters.

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