Sukkot In The D: Hundreds Enjoy Detroit Sukkahs, Holiday Events

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It was a nonstop Sukkot holiday at Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit as hundreds took part in meals and events in its sukkahs around town.

The main ChabaD shipping-container sukkah, covered with street art, was located on the edge of the Chabad House property on Mack Avenue, in full view of thousands of daily commuters. The sukkah, which seats 50, was at capacity every holiday and Shabbat meal, filled with Detroiters and young professionals who work in the city.

Additional events took place during the intermediate days on Wayne State and University of Detroit campuses. The Chabad mobile sukkah made a stop at Campus Martius, allowing lunch goers to make a blessing in the sukkah and shake the lulav.

The festivities culminated with a community-wide music party on Saturday night. More than 150 revelers took part in the outdoor party, which included a fire pit and s’mores, an open bar and music by DJ Benny de la Zona.

For many. it was their first and only opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of eating in a sukkah. For some, it was the first exposure to anything Jewish in their lifetimes.

“Having a unique sukkah allows for people to come in who otherwise would not necessarily even know about the holiday,” said ChabaD Rabbi Yisrael Pinson. “Sukkot is an opportunity to celebrate in a very inclusive fashion without the boundaries that are naturally present during the High Holidays.”

The Sukkot events at ChabaD were sponsored by Bake Station, Chef Cari Kosher Catering and Silvers Metal.

Photos by Jerry Zolynsky

Zach Blumstein of West Bloomfield, Marlee Shirman of Farmington Hills, Noah Rozenberg of West Bloomfield and Mitchell Barnett of Farmington Hills
Nechama Dina of Oak Park and Aaron Speinfeld of Miami, Fla.
Emilie Kahn of Detroit, David Shuman of Oak Park and Danielle Perczyk of Detroit prepare food for the guests.
Elizabeth Pensler of Beverly Hills, Melissa Lutz and Yoli Silverstein, both of West Bloomfield
David Hirsh and Jacob Ziff, both of Detroit, prepare to make s'mores.
Ian Sonis of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mirele Mann of Franklin and Sam Shrago of Detroit
Daniel Ungar of Southfield looks through the beer that is available.
Michael and Yana Krefman of Detroit
Maxine Tkacz and Madison Lewis, both of Detroit, get some food in the sukkah.
Brent Scutter of Oxford spins the tunes.
More than 150 people came to celebrate Sukkah in the D.
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