Pop-up succah inspires refugee food and funds collection

By Naomi Firsht, October 12, 2015

An interfaith event inspired by the festival of Succot raised £300 for refugees.

The University of Surrey Jewish Society, Islamic Society and Holy Trinity Church Guildford joined forces for a lunchtime food and money collection for refugees last week.


Breaking down borders - it's thanks to bagels

By Josh Jackman, October 8, 2015

Grassroots groups organised a synagogue Succot event to hear from those helping refugees.

Left-wing activists Jewdas organised the "Bagels Not Borders" event at East London Central Synagogue in conjunction with Food Not Bombs, which redistributes surplus food from businesses to those in need.

Speakers included 21-year-old Sheffield University JSoc president Joanna May Sutton-Klein, who volun


Spicing up study with pizza

October 8, 2015

More than 500 parents and children joined Jewish education charity Seed for its Pizza in the Hut Succot activity.

The annual event, part of the Wohl family education programme, delivered hot pizza to London Jewish schools Immanuel, Sobell Sinai, Wolfson Hillel, Rosh Pinah and Etz Chaim.


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?


Succot's happy hours

By Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair, October 7, 2014

Jules Benjamin, a close friend of my father, used to say, "Money doesn't buy you happiness, but I don't mind being miserable in comfort."

We live in interesting times. On the one hand, never in the history of the human race have our lives been physically easier and more comfortable, and on the other, never has emotional dysfunction been so prevalent.


Too much out in the cold

By Jonathan Freedland, October 7, 2014

It is the festival of exile. I know the notion of wandering and of a temporary home is built into the very idea of Succot, but that's not what I mean. Rather, it's the weather. The prospect of eating and sleeping outdoors, with only the slimmest canopy of leaves between you and the stars - and doing that in October - makes no sense in most parts of the world where Jews live.


For many, today is not just Succot

By Julia Renton, October 7, 2014

Three descriptions of living with schizophrenia:

Steven: "For five years, every time I left the house I heard voices, threats, telling me I was 'stupid; 'a loser'; 'an idiot' and other terrible things. I thought everyone was looking at me. I got into fights because of it, it was paralysing - the whole world was against me. I felt watched and judged. I wanted to quit college, and life.


Rabbis in Succot initiative to settle refugees in the UK

By Naomi Firsht, October 7, 2014

Rabbis, bishops and imams are joining together on Succot to call on British local authorities to provide shelter to refugees living in warzones.


Swarm of wasps makes Succot congregation take flight

By Simon Rocker, September 25, 2013

Worshippers were forced to flee Shabbat morning service when hundreds of wasps swarmed down from the roof of their shul.

The congregants, many elderly, came under attack as they arrived at the little Orthodox Machzikei Hadas synagogue in Dublin. Chazan Terry Walsh was stung before he could escape.


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.