Off to Israel for Succot? Don't take your lulav

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

It has been several years since air passengers could travel with nail scissors, tweezers or even shampoo as hand luggage, but now even lulavs and etrogs are on the list of banned goods.

Israel's Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has announced that lulavs, along with willow and myrtle plants, cannot be brought in to the country at all.


Lulav trade hit by Israel-Egypt spat

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

Egypt has announced it will not export lulavs this year, due to worsening relations between Egypt and Israel.

The lulav, a palm frond, is one of the four species used in prayers on the festival of Succot.

Egypt has in previous years exported around 700,000 palm fronds to Israel, amounting to some 40 percent of annual demand. Another 700,000 are normally sent to Jews in the Diaspora.


Sushi in the Succah at Nottingham Chabad

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2010

Nottingham’s Chabad rabbi Mendy Lent and his wife Brocha hosted more than 120 student for their second annual “Sushi in the Succah” event.

Rabbi Lent said: “What is it with Jews and Sushi?”

He also went door to door around Nottingham’s student houses with a lulav and etrog and put up a portable Succah on campus.

He said: “It drew dozens of students, and there was a lot of interest from non-Jews who were fascinated.”



Succot in India

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2010

India’s Bnei Menashe community, in the northeastern state of Manipur, numbers more than 7,000. This year, along with Jews around the world they will be marking Succot, helped by donations from philanthropic organisation Shavei Israel.



Succot circus comes to town

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 21, 2010

There are more Succot activities in Manchester than ever before as a kosher circus adds to events staged exclusively for the Jewish community.


Writer pens Etrog mystery for Succot

By Jay Grenby, September 21, 2010

Prolific author and broadcaster Rabbi Pete Tobias has made a first foray into the realm of children's books with the publication of The Secret of the £5 Etrog, in time for Succot.


Succah-building goes south

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2010

Succah building preparations get under way in earnest this Sunday - and extend to the farthest reaches of Britain.

The hamlet of Trehaddle, near Truro in Cornwall, could claim the title of the southernmost succah in the country.

Set in a pergola in the garden of Rachel and Iain Brown, it will host members of Kehillat Kernow, affiliated to the Reform Movement.

Mrs Brown said: "This will be the fourth year in our garden and we can take 15 to 20 people.


Ultimate Shelter: the deeper meaning of Succot

By Jennifer Lipman, September 17, 2010
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Torah Live look at how Succot can teach us "the secret of security in today’s unstable world."


Rabbi warns: 'don't exaggerate antisemitism'

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

West London Synagogue senior rabbi Mark Winer warned against exaggerating the threat of antisemitism in the UK in his final Rosh Hashanah address to his congregation.

Although antisemitism was widespread, "we need to acknowledge that antisemitism does not really pose that much of a threat to Jews on a day-to-day basis," he said.

In general, he believed that "we Jews overestimate the threat of antisemitism as a part of our historically justified paranoia. But we run a serious risk of obsessive focus on it."


Festival fun at Nottingham freshers week

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Nottingham Jewish Society is starting off the new year from a succah.

The JSoc has arranged two Succot feasts for freshers week, with the chance for all students to meet the new chaplains for Nottingham.

Committee members will be at JSoc stalls at the Nottingham University freshers fair from September 22 onwards, and at Nottingham Trent University the following week.

There will also be a bar crawl in Nottingham city centre, a freshers Friday night dinner and the annual JSoc barbecue at the Hillel House.