Erev Sukkot Service with JNF
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Chapel/Sukkah, Lewis Family Religious Life Complex
Erev Sukkot Service
Sunday, October 13th, 6:00 pm
in the Chapel immediately followed by an Oneg in the Sukkah
Monday, October 14th, 10:30 am
in the Sanctuary
Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai.
Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions. One tradition, which takes the commandment to "dwell in booths" literally, is to build a sukkah, a booth or hut.
A sukkah is often erected by Jews during this festival, and it is common practice for some to eat and even live in these temporary dwellings during Sukkot.
As we celebrate this harvest festival with a traditional service, we also welcome the Jewish National Fund as we co-host special guest Rudy Rochman. A former IDF paratrooper and sniper, Rochman founded the campus advocacy group Students Supporting Israel at Columbia University, now the strongest university activist group in the world. Join us as we learn about how Rochman broadened this organization to over 50 campuses worldwide, helping create global advocacy for Israel and against anti-Semitism. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rudy Rochman was born in France and grew up moving around the world from Paris, Miami, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Israel, New York and Singapore. At the age of 17, he voluntarily enlisted in the IDF Paratroopers and served as a sniper in the 101st Airborne Brigade, which he still serves as a reservist today.
After the army, he started school at Santa Monica College and UCLA, where he began publicly speaking and standing up for Israel on college campuses. After living in LA for 18 months, he went to Asia for a year to learn from and experiencing other cultures, while teaching them about Israeli society, culture and history. After a year of backpacking, he transferred to Columbia University, since it was listed as the #1 most anti-Semitic school in North America and founded a grassroots pro-Israel movement on campus called Students Supporting Israel (SSI).
After two years of hard work, SSI Columbia became the strongest university activist group in the world with over 800 members, revolutionizing campus discourse through ground-breaking Zionist activism. It quickly became the flagship chapter for the SSI international movement, which has today grown to over 50 campuses worldwide. Rudy has also created countless educational viral videos and has been active in innovative work to fight anti-Semitism, while strengthening Jewish identity. He was even banned from Malaysia for being “too much of a Zionist.”
In 2018 he graduated from Columbia University and was chosen for the 36 Under 36 award of the most influential Jews in the world. Rudy still creates content that inspires, educates and empowers the next generation of Jews and allies to be ideologically strong. He also runs his own businesses and is working on a new project that focuses on generating social and economic incentives in Israel to inspire the next wave of Aliyah for young Jews in the diaspora.