Please join Tzedek Chicago and Chi-Nations Youth Council for this very special Sukkot celebration with featured guest, poet/liturgist Aurora Levins Morales.
Sukkot is a Jewish harvest festival in which we build temporary shelters where we eat and sleep for eight days. As 21st century Diaspora Jews, we envision this holiday as a time to focus on our relationship with the earth more deeply, to commit more deeply to the work of protecting the planet.
We also believe this spiritual work can only be done responsibly if it's fully aligned with Indigenous struggles for land and sovereignty. If Sukkot is to celebrate the protectors of earth and water, it must also be a holiday of solidarity with Indigenous people. So too, it must foreground the experience of Jews of Color and Indigenous Jews - while white Jews must do the difficult work to face their history as settlers.
This Sukkot - which coincides this year with Indigenous People's Day - we will gather together at the Chi-Nations Youth Council's First Nation Garden and Wigwam for a shared meal, followed by a ceremony containing new and traditional prayers, songs, poems and readings reaffirming our solidarity with the Indigenous people of Chicago and the Midwest, as well as our commitment to the land and the ever-endangered planet upon which we all live.