SUKKOT IN THE HILLS 5766
To Members of Saguaro Juniper, Cascabel Hermitage, and Tucson Friends
YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO JOIN IN A CELEBRATION OF THE JEWISH FEAST OF BOOTHS – SUKKOT - AT CASCABEL, ARIZONA
WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2005, 1:30- 3:30 pm
WHERE: At the Ramada, near the windmill, Hot Springs Canyon
We return to our tradition (sixth year) of celebrating the many meanings of Sukkot (Feast of Booths) with country and city friends gathering in a pristine and beautiful site. A sukkah is a simple temporary dwelling open to the sky such as those constructed by the Jews in the desert during the exodus from Egypt. This year we are deeply reminded of the temporary nature of our human made shelters.
The road to “Sukkah Wash” and to the Sukkah itself is NOT passable this year because of the August/September rains,, so we”ll convene in the ramada structure, which is quite suitable!. A gentle and joyous service including prayers, songs and readings prepared by Carol Kestler, and others, will be available for us. You are welcome to bring additional prayers and meditations.
Folks from Tucson can travel to Benson, then north from the Pomerene Rd. exit. Pomerene Rd. leads into Cascabel Road. After several miles distance, the road becomes washboard. Travel about 25 miles up the road. Look for a handmade sign with the word “Sukkot” pointing left off Cascabel Road. This is “the knoll by Charlie and Jeanine’s”. It is across the road from the entrance to the airpark. We’ll then consolidate vehicles, to get to the Sukkot celebration site. (A map will be sent to those wishing one) PLEASE BE AT THE KNOLL no later than 12:45 so we can get started on time.
WHAT TO BRING: long pants, light long sleeved shirt to protect from critters, a camp chair or something comfortable to sit on, any study or prayer materials or meditations you’d like to share. Bring an easily transportable vegetarian platter with holiday foods to share. Eating is an important part of our ritual! Natural hanging decorations such as apples, gourds, straw items, welcomed for the ramada. We will supply the traditional lulav and etrog for the ceremony and some refreshments and plates and cups and plasticware.
We will need to add fresh “schach” (palm and willow) branches over the open roof and simple wall coverings and will do so Saturday or early Sunday ; early birds welcome to join and help!
Please RSVP to Laurie Melrood in Tucson 884-5202, or by email >firstname.lastname@example.org< or to Daniel Baker at >email@example.com< Looking forward to celebrating with you!