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10 Ways to Celebrate Sukkot 2016 in Baltimore

Symbols of Sukkot

The holiday of Sukkot is a breath of fresh air after the solemnity of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Literally. Much of the holiday is celebrated by spending time outdoors in a sukkah–which is one of the many reasons that Sukkot is a super kid-friendly holiday. You can celebrate on a farm, make crafts, help decorate a Sukkah, settle in for a holiday story time or two, dance in the streets with a Torah, or choose from one of the many other fun ways to celebrate Sukkot the Baltimore area.

Sukkot 2016 begins on Sunday evening, Oct. 16 and continues through Sunday evening, Oct. 23.
Shemini Atzeret begins on Sunday evening, Oct. 23 and continues through Oct. 24.
Simchat Torah begins on Monday evening, Oct. 24 and concludes at sundown on Tuesday, Oct. 25

Babies, Books, and Bagels
Have some sukkot fun in J Town with story time, a craft, and a snack. For babies and toddlers up to 18 months and their favorite grown-ups.
J Town, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Sukkah Decorating @ the JCC
Help decorate the JCC sukkah and get pumped for the Ravens game. Bring your own decorations or make them when you arrive.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sukkot Service & Petting Zoo
Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot with some of your favorite animals along with two age-appropriate children’s services. Cookie Minyan is for ages 0 -3 years and Mini Minion is for pre-K through Kindergarten.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore
Monday, Oct. 17, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

Sukkah on the Farm
Explore the corn maze, pick ornamental corn, meet the sheep, and learn about beekeeping. Bring your own lunch and picnic blanket. Organized by the Early Childhood Center at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and open to the community, RSVP requested to 410-764-7281.
Center for Maryland Agriculture & Farm Park, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville
Monday, Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Hands on Holidays
Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot with stories, songs, and crafts.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1251 Light St
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:15 a.m.

Quarry Lake Neighborhood Sukkot Party
PJ Library story time, sukkot fun and pizza in the clubhouse. Get to know other local families with children ages 3 – 11.
Quarry Lake Clubhouse, Quarry Lake Drive, Baltimore
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4 – 6 p.m.

Scotch & Steak in the Sukkah for Men
Enjoy scotch and steak in the Sukkah while listening to guest speaker, Mike Preston, a sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun. Non-steak food options available as well. RSVP required.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

Sukkah Hop & Lunch
Parents and kids ages 5 and under will follow Morah Marci on a tour of three neighborhood sukkahs to have a nosh and celebrate Sukkot. No RSVP required.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – Noon

Pearlstone Sukkot Family Farm Festival
Celebrate the holiday of sukkot on the farm–meet the animals, check out the working farm, and listen to a PJ Library story.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd., Reisterstown
Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

Dancing in the Street on Simchat Torah
Celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah with singing, dancing, and of course, food.
Monday, Oct. 24, 6:25 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – Noon


Tot Shabbat @ J Town
Celebrate Shabbat at J Town with stories, songs, and a grape juice and challah snack while learning the special Shabbat blessings. No experience or prior knowledge required to join in the fun! Open to all.
J Town, Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Fridays, Oct. 21 & 28, 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Tot Shabbat
An interactive Shabbat service with singing, prayer, puppets, and Torah stories, for children ages 5 and under and their families.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Saturdays, Oct. 15 & 22, 11:15 – Noon

Torah Sparks
A participatory, family-friendly Shabbat service where school-aged children learn to lead prayers and read from the Torah.
Beth El Congregation , 8101 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – Noon

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