How-To Sukkot Classes

Learn to Bring the Sukkot Traditions Alive in your Own Home



Brand NEW this year! In the spirit of empowered community building, join us for pre-holiday Sukkot classes to support your Sukkot preparations.

Tuesday September 4, 6:00-9:00pm — Sukkot Mitzvot Wisdom
Learn the history and earth wisdom of the holiday

Wednesday, September 12, 5:30-8:30pm — Sukkot In Action
Learn how to build a sukkah and how to host a Sukkot celebration

Registration is sliding scale:
$18–$36 for each class


CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration is non-refundable. Please refer to our cancellation policy.

Class Descriptions

Sukkot Mitzvot Wisdom

Join Rabbi Zelig Golden to learn about Sukkot’s mitzvot and customs, how we honor ancient and present-day ushpizin (honored guests), the use of ancient shamanic lulav, the history and mythology of Sukkot as a rain prayer holiday, and the unique story of Sukkot as a prayer for the 70 nations. Of course, Zelig will emphasize Sukkot’s earth wisdom and its profound connection to rain.

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 4, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: East Bay JCC

Sukkot In Action

Every year Jews are instructed to build a sukkah and dwell in it, and wave a lulav. In this class you will learn very easy methods to build a sukkah outside at your own home. You will learn how to host a Sukkot celebration and perform Sukkot rituals, including the blessings, honoring the ushpizin (honored guests), and waving the lulav. This is a hands-on class—come ready to roll up your sleeves and open your hearts! Taught by Wilderness Torah’s Community Programs Director, Flora Goldman.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 12, 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Moishe House Oakland (address sent upon registration)

Grateful to be partnering with Interfaith Family and Moishe House Oakland for this class.

About the Teachers

Flora Goldman
Flora Goldman
Flora Goldman, Wilderness Torah’s Community Programs Director, organizes the new K’Far programs. She served as Logistics Manager for many years for the festivals, youth programs, and community offerings, where she managed the inner workings of each village-building experience and oversaw the building of the Wilderness Torah sukkahs.
Rabbi Zelig Golden
Rabbi Zelig Golden
Rabbi Zelig Golden, Wilderness Torah’s Founding Director, expresses his vision for earth-based Judaism by integrating thought leadership, ritual facilitation, and village-based mentorship to support local Jewish life, regional land-based festivals, nature-based youth programs and rites of passage. Zelig was ordained rabbi by ALEPH, earned a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and was previously ordained Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi ztz”l.