Photos by Jen Halpern
A dozen families came to Agudas Achim Congregation’s Israeli Sukkot event on Sept. 26, led by the synagogue’s shlichah, or Israeli cultural emissary, Yasmin Drescher. Families made paper chains (a traditional Israeli sukkah decoration) and then combined them. Drescher talked about pomegranates, explaining that they grow in Israel, and taught the group the Hebrew words for the foods available to snack on in the Alexandria synagogue’s sukkah. To round out the day, Drescher read “Maya Prays for Rain,” a story about Shemeni Atzeret, and explained that the rainy season in Israel begins at Sukkot time.