COVID-19 has made it impossible for Bushey United Synagogue to invite and welcome members of the community to its traditional Sukkah as it would normally do every year.
However, they have now decided to bring the Sukkah to the people with a mobile sukkah, which is erected on the back of a trailer, which travels to different streets for people to enjoy outside their front doors.
While strictly adhering to the current guidelines, each member on the street is invited by Rabbi Feldman and Rabbi Kett to enjoy the new way of doing things.
A Sukkah is a hut-like structure where Jewish people traditionally eat, drink, sleep and welcome visitors during the annual festival of Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles.
14-year-old Sophie and 12-year-old twins Jonathan and Charlotte were thrilled to experience Bushey Synagogue’s brand new mobile Sukkah. Their mum Angela Marshall said: “Tonight meant so much to me. I have never been in a Sukkah before during Sukkot and the mobile Sukkah made this possible. It meant so much to me.”
Dozens of households in the community have been booking their slots in advance to share in the fun in these difficult times.
Rabbi Elchonon Feldman said: ‘Sukkot has always been associated with bringing joy to others. We felt, why not take this one step further and literally bring the joy to others’ homes.
“This is what the Bushey Synagogue’s Community Sukkah is all about, a COVID-secure way of bringing the joy of Sukkot to the people of Bushey.”