י״ג בתשרי ה׳תשע״ב (October 11, 2011)
The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a Sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every Sukkah, but to try and have a Sukkah listed for every area in which Jewish people may find themselves during Sukkos.
The main focus of this service is to enable people who work on Chol-Hamoed to eat lunch in a Sukkah which is close to their place of work. As all listings are confirmed annually prior to publication, the benefit of the list is that users of it can be almost certain that the Sukkah that they wish to use is indeed available prior to heading there. The list also includes details of numerous Sukkahs that would otherwise remain unknown to many users of the list.
This year is the 18th year of this service, which was started in 1994 as a local service to the Jewish community in Melbourne, Australia. Last year there were 432 Sukkah listings, located in 24 countries. These Sukkahs were mainly located in shuls, schools, and businesses. The list also included some Sukkahs located in shopping centers, universities, and amusement parks. In Melbourne the service was initially nicknamed the “Sukkah at Work project”.
The list publicizes all Sukkahs regardless of the affiliation of their owners, and all Jews are welcome at any of these Sukkahs. The idea of this project is merely to promote achdus (Jewish unity), and to help other Yidden. There is no charge for this service.
Facebook and Twitter pages have also been created, to enable people to quickly find out about new developments as they happen. A new app has just been released, which is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. An Android App has also been released. Links to all of these new features appear at the bottom of the homepage of the website.
Why eat fruit for lunch, when there is a sukkah nearby? LocalSukkah lets you find a sukkah near you. Use your current location or search for sukkot around the world. There are listed over 500 sukkot.
Sukkos, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles, is a Jewish festival which occurs five days after the awesome day of Yom Kippur. During Sukkos Jewish people are commanded to eat our meals in temporary booths called Sukkahs, to commemorate how we were surrounded by the protective “clouds of glory” during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. Sukkos lasts for seven days and is a joyous festival. Some have the custom of decorating the Sukkah with elaborate ornaments, whilst others preserve its unadorned simplicity. The Sukkah is the only mitzvah in which we are completely surrounded from head to toe. Eating festive meals and spending time in the outdoor sukkah is a unique religious experience.
If you have a Sukkah that you would like to register, you can do so by sending an email with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
App: LocalSukkah by YY Digital Pty Ltd
Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Released: October 08, 2011
Publisher: YY Digital Pty Ltd
Price: Free (get app)