Sukkot with a Kentucky Twist

Sukkot is the harvest festival which symbolizes the transitional period when, after escaping Egypt, the Jews lived in temporary shelters while wandering through the desert for 40 years. This year, The J is putting a Kentucky twist on the holiday by introducing the Kentucky harvest. On Sunday, October 23, The J will celebrate Kentucky Sukkot; a fall harvest lunch in the sukkah, a build-your-own Kentucky “lulav” and gourd decorations.

“Sukkot is a special time of year for many families. We wanted to try something a little different this year and bring the holiday to Kentucky,” said Senior Director of Youth and Camping Betsy Schwartz. “This event will still feature the traditional sukkot activities but through fresh eyes thanks to our JOFEE Fellow.”

Michael Fraade, The J’s JOFEE Fellow, is using some of his fall harvest from The J Garden to make a roasted vegetable soup. He will also lead a scavenger hunt looking for native Kentucky plants. Families will be able to create their own lulav and etrog out of local plants.

The event will cost $20 per family. Registration is available online at or by calling 502-238-2718. For more information, contact Betsy Schwartz at 502-238-2708.

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