October 17, 2011
Hut haven: World’s sukkahs shown in Netanya
More than 20 countries are displaying their traditional sukkahs at a festival in Israel celebrating Jewish Diaspora communities.
The three-day festival, which opened Sunday, salutes Jewish communities around the world and their unique holiday traditions. It is being hosted by Israel’s Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs along with the Diaspora Museum and the municipality of Netanya.
Each country’s booth includes activities and crafts, as well as art and displays explaining the customs and traditions of the country.
Among the countries represented are England, Italy, Norway, Finland, Ukraine and Peru.
“It is very important for Israeli Jews to appreciate the diversity which exists within the communities beyond Israel’s shores,” said Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s minister of Public and Diaspora Affairs. “Events like these help strengthen the bond with the Diaspora and enhance mutual Jewish identity and pride between our community and fellow Jews across the globe.”