Chabad of the East Valley has announced plans for its Sukkah Hopping Tour, which invites children and parents to visit four sukkahs throughout the East Valley in order to view and celebrate the different customs and traditions around the holiday and its iconic structure.

A different type of activity is planned for each stop, including a game, an art project and a blessing of the lulav and etrog. Kosher food will be served. There will also be singing and dancing.

Children will be transported in style, traveling in a limousine, said Rabbi Mendy Deitsch.

Children of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations are welcome to attend. There is no cost for participation.

“The Sukkah is biblical in origin. It is reminiscent of the Clouds of Glory which protected the Jews in the desert,” said Deitsch, referring to the biblical account of the ancient Hebrews’ supernatural sojourn through the Sinai Desert. “Now, while the mitzvah is for each homeowner to build one, there are those who can’t. So we are arranging a program to give everyone the chance to eat and enjoy in and around the sukkah.”

The event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m., and will begin in Chandler at the Chabad Hebrew School.

RSVPs are encouraged. For more information, contact Rabbi Deitsch at 480-855-4333 or rabbi@chabadcenter.com. JN

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