My Sukkot was spent in Oregon this year. My mom and I had a fantastic time staying with my sister and enjoying the West Coast!
We joined Torah To The Tribes at their Sukkot celebration!
The campsite is at the start of the mountains on the Willamette River. The many pine trees made the air so refreshing! The view wasn't bad either.
We so enjoyed meeting Rabbi Nolan and his family and connecting with so many wonderful people! All age groups were represented and for several couples this was their first time celebrating Sukkot. Rabbi Nolan shared incredible, thought-provoking messages and you can listen to the audio here.
How about this for a beautiful mikveh setting? About fifteen people were immersed in the Willamette River.
In Portland we visited Powell's, a massive bookstore of well over an acre of retail space! They have new and vintage books and it was so fun hunting for treasures in the Scripture section.
Due to suitcase limitations, I left with only two books. That took serious restraint.
On each corner of the store there is a different pillar of books. This one says Tehillim or Psalms in Hebrew.
The Oregon Jewish Museum put up a Sukkah exhibit in their parking lot. Artists and designers submit their proposals and the winning designs are built and showcased.
This design was submitted by Asherah Cinnamon of Maine, whose parents survived the Holocaust.
Elemental Sukkah by FB Design Build of Berkeley, California.
My personal favorite was by Yuliya Dimitrova-Ilieva and Petar Iliev of Eugene, Oregon. The Pomegranate Sukkah! Would you believe this is made mostly of yarn?
"A land of wheat and barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of oil producing olives and honey." -Deuteronomy 8:8