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Bluma Rivkin Discusses Sukkot and Four Kinds of People

Drawing on an ancient interpretation of one of the rituals for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Bluma Rivkin talks about the different kinds of people needed to rebuild her community after Katrina.

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Drawing on an ancient interpretation of one of the rituals for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Bluma Rivkin talks about the different kinds of people needed to rebuild her community after Katrina.

Historic JOFA-Kolech Meeting of the Minds

Though the conclusion of Sukkot occurred earlier this week, our friends at JOFA co-manifested such a milestone event with such potential, far reaching effects, we wanted to share this happening

Experimental Fridays: Lady Gaga's Sukkot

There is a simple beauty to the holiday of Sukkot, perhaps because it is the chag (holiday) with the least meshugas (craziness). The Day of Atonement and the month of weighty reflection are behind us, the manic celebration of Simchas Torah lies ahead. Sukkot, often called The Festival of Ingathering, is unadorned, honest, at peace with itself.

And it reminds me of Lady Gaga.

Though I would not use the term “unadorned” to describe her inspired ensembles, she is unadorned when it comes to her character, honest when it comes to her spirit, at peace when it comes to her personhood. And she invites, nay demands, through her songs, performances, interviews, and her anti-bullying campaigns that others strive for the same.

Sukkot Harvest

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Sukkot Harvest.
Photograph by G. Orcha.
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Sukkot Harvest.
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Federation of Jewish Farmers of America Convention Booklet, October 1909

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A convention booklet for the First Annual Convention of The Federation of Jewish Farmers of America held in October 1909. The seal depicts a plow used by pushing, usually pulled by a horse. The Federation of Jewish Farmers was formed in 1909 as a union of thirteen existing associations of Jewish farmers. In its first year, the organization held an agricultural fair during the week-long fall harvest holiday of Sukkot. In later years, the annual conventions offered farmers an opportunity to exhibit their products, and they continued to take place during Sukkot. The federation also gave Jewish farmers more purchasing power, starting a bureau to give liberal credit to farmers who needed more help, and offering good prices on seeds and farming implements to those who needed them.

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A convention booklet for the First Annual Convention of The Federation of Jewish Farmers of America held in October 1909. The seal depicts a plow used by pushing, usually pulled by a horse. The Federation of Jewish Farmers was formed in 1909 as a union of thirteen existing associations of Jewish farmers. In its first year, the organization held an agricultural fair during the week-long fall harvest holiday of Sukkot. In later years, the annual conventions offered farmers an opportunity to exhibit their products, and they continued to take place during Sukkot. The federation also gave Jewish farmers more purchasing power, starting a bureau to give liberal credit to farmers who needed more help, and offering good prices on seeds and farming implements to those who needed them.

Courtesy of American Jewish Archives.

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Eating Jewish: Savory cabbage strudel

As far as underrated vegetables go, cabbage is near the top of the list. People generally don't rhapsodize over cabbage like they do for fresh sweet corn or a juicy red tomato.

Cabbage Strudel

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Savory cabbage strudel.

Photo by Katherine Romanow.

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Savory cabbage strudel.

Photo by Katherine Romanow.

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Plum Kuchen

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Plum kutchen cake.
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Plum kutchen cake.
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Moving Inward: bringing liberation movements into the Jewish community

Act out, through tableaux vivants, the ways Jews took what they had learned from the Civil Rights Movement and other liberation movements and used these insights to change the Jewish community.

"Sukkot in Connecticut," 1970s

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Sukkot in Connecticut, 1970s, by Bill Aron.
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Sukkot in Connecticut, 1970s, by Bill Aron.

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