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Sukkot Harvest Festival

Sun, September 22, 2013 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Come celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Sukkot! This all-ages event will feature a variety of fun and enriching activities. Wander the JCC and experience our center for free from 11:30am-5pm!



All About Sukkot

Click Here to download "Sukkot: The Basics"

Know what's in the lobby at the Osher Marin JCC? It's a sukkah made from real homeless signs purchased from the individuals who made them!

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It's a recreation of "The Sukkah of the Signs," which was constructed in New York City, as part of Sukkah City—a contest that asked people to reinvent the Jewish sukkah. Out of 624 submissions from 43 countries, it was one of 12 winners selected. Like traditional sukkahs, which recall the 40 years Jews wandered after exodus, The Sukkah of the Signs called attention to the contemporary state of homelessness. By purchasing the homeless signs, the architects also contributed to the short term needs of people living on the street. For two days in 2010, the structure, made of nearly 300 signs collected from indigent across the U.S., was visited by over 150,000 people.  

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Our JCC version, which uses the same signs, will be on view from 11:30am-2:30pm.  You'll be able to do activities to learn how to help our local homeless—and at 1pm, meet the architects who designed it: Ronald Rael of Rael San Fratello Architects! 

Learn more about "Sukkah of the Signs," :

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Buy copies, taset gluten-free samples and meet the authors at the Festival!

Watch "Monsters in the Sukkah":

Find out more about Sukkot and other Jewish Holidays Click Here

Click here for "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sukkot"


We invite you to celebrate the joyful holiday of Sukkot, commemorating our agricultural roots and the 40 years that ancient Israelites lived in temporary dwellings in the desert. Learn how you can help to shelter our community’s homeless and how to live and eat more sustainably.

Enter our open tent…Bring your friends—and experience the Osher Marin JCC center & pool for free from 11:30am-5pm!

Please bring new men’s white socks or an adult sized sleeping bag to donate. Bins are located in the Lobby, Preschool, and Health & Fitness Center


For families w/ kids 0-3 + siblings. Sukkah decorating, music, healthy snacks & parent education. RSVP to Melody:

$10 ● For ages 8-adult ● Non-members welcome ●  A wildly popular form of Latin fitness combining Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Salsa & more! ●  Please reserve space in advance at 444.8004

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.



  • Purchase lunch at Miller’s East Coast Deli
  • Shop for local, organic produce at the Marin Community Farm Stand
  • Form seed balls with Camp Newman
  • Do the lulav & etrog shake with Congregations Kol Shofar & Rodef Sholom


  • Hear the buzz on bees with Marshall’s Farm
  • Craft folk art flowers and paper cuts with Be'chol Lashon
  • Learn about food advocacy from Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
  • Decorate tzedakah “homes” with Osher Marin JCC Preschool
  • Taste treats & meet the authors of Nosh on This—Gluten-Free Baking Classics from a Jewish American Kitchen
  • Paint pots & spin the wellness wheel with LIFT Levántate
  • Make paper doll sukkah ushpezin (guests) with InterfaithFamily


  • Meet & learn how to raise chicks with Mill Valley Chickens
  • Read Sukkot stories & make sukkah crafts with PJ Library
  • Create corn husk dolls & get your face painted with JCC Kidcare


  • View a sukkah made from homeless signs & meet the designer at 1pm! Designed by Rael San Fratello Architects
  • Make sukkah lanterns & paper chains & learn to make gift baskets for homeless & newly housed families with Adopt a Family
  • Embellish a grocery bag for an at-home Scavenger Hunt for Ritter Center
  • Decorate tray liners for St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Dining Room
  • Adorn gingerbread sukkah “guests” & learn what items are needed for the JFCS Food Pantry
  • Pick up a toolkit on how to help our community’s homeless by JCRC
  • Donation bins located here


Sukkot commemorates the 40 years ancient Israelites lived in temporary shelters in the desert. Today, there are many homeless people living on our streets. Please help us to provide unsheltered members of our community with new men’s white socks or adult sleeping bags. Socks will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society and sleeping bags to Marin REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team), a program run in collaboration with St. Vincent’s (a member of MOC) and the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy. Over 30 local faith organizations participate.


Congregation Rodef Sholom and the JCC take part in REST’s interfaith, community program every Wednesday from November to April. Rodef Sholom hosts and serves food to 40 unsheltered men, while our Osher Marin JCC’s Housekeeping & Facilities teams collect, wash and return the guests’ sleeping bags.


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