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Our secular Sukkot celebrations reflect Humanistic Judaism’s philosophy
that we are responsible for the environment and for each other. 

5 Ways Kol Hadash Does Sukkot Differently

1. We recognize we are part of an interdependent web of life — farm to table, rain, sun, and soil. We celebrate Sukkot by building and decorating the sukkah [hut] with arts and crafts, eating pizza, and enjoying community!

2. On Sukkot, we recommit to our responsibility to care for the environment.

3. Traditions like a sukkah [hut], the lulav [collected branches], and etrog [a specific citrus fruit] are experienced and understood in new, relevant and meaningful ways.

4. Our welcoming Sukkot celebration is open to everyone and a great introduction to Humanistic Judaism. We appeal to people who identify as Culturally Jewish, Just Jewish, Jew-ish, Jewish and . . . , Half-Jewish, Jews by Choice, Multicultural, Not Religious, Secular, Humanistic, Atheist, and/or Agnostic. No commitment expected or required.

5. Simchat Torah [rejoicing with Torah] at the end of Sukkot is a celebration of human knowledge, wisdom and learning. The Torah is the beginning, but not the end, of Jewish teaching. Our students regularly experience the scroll and its stories as part of their Jewish cultural heritage.

Sukkot Family Service & Pizza Dinner 

We invite everyone – members and guests of all ages – to join us in our sukkah for this fun event.

Sunday, October 1, 4:00-6:00pm

Outside the North Shore Unitarian Church

Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation 
at the North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield

See this flyer for more information and to register.

Explore Sukkot and Simchat Torah: 

Find out more about our other family holiday celebrations.

Questions? Contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at (847) 383-5184 or

Wed, June 12 2024 6 Sivan 5784