Dedication OF SUKKAH at 12:30 Monday October 17, 2016 by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey

St. Mary’s University will mark Sukkot, the Jewish Festival of Booths (or Feast of Tabernacles), with the dedication of a Sukkah by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey of the Beth Tzedec synagogue.

Sukkot commemorates the 40 years during which the people of Israel wandered in the desert, living in temporary shelters.  The Sukkah at the centre of this festival is a temporary shelter that invites people to experience the Exodus of the Israelites in a manner that connects us with people who suffer marginalization today.  One may sit in the sukkah and contemplate the lives of refugees in our day.

“The festival of Sukkot expresses our solidarity with the homeless and our commitment to work for social justice today,” states Dr. Michael Duggan, Professor, Religious Studies & Theology and CWL Chair For Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s. “The evocative design of this year’s Sukkah beckons us to meditate on light in the midst of darkness as we strive for peace in our world.”

Students from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary set up the sukkah on campus on Friday, October 14.

Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, who leads the congregation of Beth Tzedec synagogue, will dedicate the sukkah at 12:30 noon on Monday October 17, 2016. He will be available for conversation regarding the significance of the Festival for our world in 2016.

The dedication ceremony will take place on campus at St. Mary’s university at the sukkah on the lawn, south of the administration building.
The public is invited to attend.