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.


Succah built in Brent Cross in show of interfaith

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

Brent Cross was the location for an example of festive inter-faith co-operation this week, as Jews and Somalis came together to build a succah in the shopping centre.

The booth was erected by members of the Finchley Reform (FRS) and New North London synagogues with the Muslim Bravanese community.


'There is no joy save in meat and wine'

By Dr Ben Elton, September 18, 2013

Succot is the Festival of Joy. The word simchah is used more often in the Torah in relation to Succot than any other Yomtov. In our prayers we call it zeman simchateinu, the time of our rejoicing. Joy is the leitmotif of the holiday.


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.


A Jewish Gangnam style by The Maccabeats

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2012

It might not be Succot for quite some time, but don't let that stop you enjoying this take on the global hit Gangnam Style by Jewish a-Capella band The Maccabeats.


One day good, two days bad

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Imagine if the day after Halloween, trick-or-treaters decided to return for a second dose of sugary delights and egg-related threats? Or, if after every Valentine's Day, hopeless romantics expected their loved ones to whisper sweet nothings for a further 25 hours. Madness, we'd say. Once is enough.


Students celebrate Sukkot at UK universities

October 11, 2012

Students celebrated Yom Tov in succahs erected on campuses, at student unions and by chaplains and the Union of Jewish Students.

Nottingham Chabad provided nearly 2,000 pieces of sushi at a party attended by around 130 students. One of the city’s top sushi chefs prepared food for the evening, organised by Rabbi Mendy Lent.


Succot's spirit of thanksgiving

By John Sentamu, October 5, 2012

"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…" This is the time of year when succahs are built, lulavs are waved and, in churches and schools across the country, tins of baked beans and other produce are collected and distributed. What a fantastic time of celebration!


The great Golders Green etrog theft

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A man has been fined after he stole an etrog from a specialist Succot store.

Ali Kerman-Shali was arrested after he put the fruit in his pocket and ran away from the shop in Golders Green, north west London.

The etrog was estimated to be worth around £80.