In pictures: Students in the succah

October 2, 2015

Chabad and campus chaplaincy have been building succahs with the help of students. Are your campus pictures here?



Council offers haven to 50 Syrians after Succot refugee campaign

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

A London council has agreed to offer sanctuary to 50 Syrian refugees in response to a Succot-themed interfaith project.

The leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, agreed to the request after 70 people, including faith leaders, called on the local authority to show compassion to refugees in UN camps in war zone areas like Syria.


Pop-up succahs built in Heathrow for Succot

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2013

Three pop-up succahs greeted passengers at Heathrow Airport this week.

Two of the festival booths have been erected at Terminals 4 and 5, with one to share between Terminals 1 and 3.

For many years observant Jews using the airport during the festival who wished to eat in a succah had to travel seven miles to Ealing United Synagogue.


Heathrow Airport gets pop-ups for Succot

By Anna Sheinman, September 15, 2013

Three new tiny pop-up eating establishments are to appear at Heathrow Airport this month.

They are not a trendy addition to Terminal 5’s Gordon Ramsay restaurant and Caviar Bar. This modern take on a traditional Jewish eating place are pop-up Succahs, which will appear at Terminals 4, 5, and one to share between 1 and 3.


From jail to succah

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

An Orthodox prisoner has been released early because he faced extending his sentence by three days unless he broke halachah. The case comes as new guidelines on the needs of Jewish prisoners are taking effect for the first time.


Welcoming the ushpizin into the succah

October 11, 2011

Every night of Succot we welcome into the succah one of the Ushpizin, the seven mystical visitors. They are Abraham (the fist night's visitor), Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and David.

Ushpizin means guest in Aramaic. Each night a prayer is said to welcome the appropriate guest.


East End succah goes green

By Jessica Elgot, September 28, 2010

Behind the high rises of Tower Hamlets, past the bright lights of Brick Lane, a community of radical Jewish activists, partnered by artists, gardeners, architects and a London mosque, have built a unique succah.

The East London succah - built in the most historically Jewish area of London - is the brainchild of Jewish activism group Jewdas and Heather Ring, a landscape architect who specialises in pop-up shops and temporary structures.


M&S drop their lingerie as Succah ad sparks offence

By Leon Symons, September 21, 2010

An advertisement for women's underwear placed next to a shop selling equipment for Succot in Edgware, north-west London, is to be replaced.

The hoarding showed a scantily-clad woman advertising underwear for Marks &Spencer and was situated directly above an outlet of a temporary Sukkah Mart store, at the corner of Edgwarebury Lane and Station Road.

Na'ama Heller, the shop's manager, said: "We opened last week and the advertisement appeared over the weekend right next to the shop.


Shtetl show for Leeds children

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Leeds is opening a Jewish educational centre where children can take a walk through time into a 19th century eastern European shtetl.

The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children, due to open in October, is the brainchild of Leeds Lubavitch education director Shoshana Angyalfi and her project co-ordinator Ruth Bell, who gave the JC a sneak preview of the museum.


Why we go camping with our best china

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, October 1, 2009

‘How can you watch heart-rending scenes of the contorted bodies of starving people dying in Africa, then switch off the television, pour yourself a cup of cocoa and go off to bed, oblivious to everything you have just seen?” The challenge of balancing a well-attuned conscience with the humdrum of day-to-day life was first put to me by my history teacher, Mr Neville Ireland and it has haunted me ever since.