Haredi inspects citrus 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
From the outside, the 21 Succot at the International Succot Festival set to take
place in Netanya between October 16 and 18, will all look the same: temporary
wooden dwellings topped with palm fronds, as stipulated by Jewish
On the inside, however, they will be worlds apart, organizers
said on Tuesday.
Each will showcase the rich and diverse heritage of 21
Jewish communities around the world that they represent.
succa will give lessons on how to paint babushkas,” said Gal Ilan, a
spokesperson for the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy. “The
Argentinean one will have tango dancing classes.”
The festival is the
second of its kind organized by the ministry with the aim of better acquainting
the sometimes self-absorbed Israeli public with their brethren in the
“We organized this festival to introduce Israeli Jews to the
Diaspora and show we’re all part of the same big, global and wonderful story,”
said Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Yuli
Visitors to the British succa at the festival located at
Netanya’s Winter Pond Park won’t be able to play soccer, but will have foosball
Meanwhile, those entering the Italian dwelling will be
able to partake in making Venetian masques.
Singers Arkadi Duchin, Shlomi
Shabat and Shiri Maimon will perform at the festival, while children will be
entertained by clown Yuval Hambulbal.
The festival is particularly
catered towards young families looking for a free and fun outing during the
holiday, but all are welcome, organizers said.