The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a sukkah near to them, so that they can dine there. 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 Sukkot.
The main focus of this service is to enable people who work on the intermediary days of the holiday 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 sukkot 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 sukkot were mainly located in synagogues, schools, and businesses.
The list also included some sukkot located in shopping centers, universities, and amusement parks. In Melbourne the service was initially nicknamed the “Sukkah at Work project”.
The list publicizes all sukkot regardless of the affiliation of their owners, and all Jews are welcome at any of these sukkot. The idea of this project is merely to promote Jewish unity, and to help others. There is no charge for this service.
This year, a short video shows pictures of some of the sukkot around the world that have been listed in past years. Facebook and Twitter pages have also been created, to enable people to quickly find out about new developments as they happen.
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