by COLlive reporter
For the first time ever, a Sukkah was placed within the White House complex in Washington, DC, to celebrate the holiday of Sukkos.
While only open to White House and Treasury Dept. staff and their guests receiving US Secret Service clearance, dozens of officials took advantage of the Sukkah’s presence during Chol Hamoed, with a small event just prior to the Sukkah being disassembled before Shabbos.
During several hours every day, those within the White House complex were able to make their way to East Executive Drive and spend time in the Sukkah to have lunch, bless the Lulav and Esrog and celebrate the Jewish Festival of Sukkos.
The Sukkah was provided and built by American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) in Washington, DC, as part of a program which has provided Sukkahs and Sukkos programs at prominent locations such as the US Capitol, US Naval Observatory (residence of the VP), the Pentagon, and the American, George Washington, Georgetown and Gallaudet Universities.
While events in honor of Sukkos have been held at the White House for many years, affording officials and staff there the chance to learn about the significance of the festival, this is the first time an actual Sukkah was able to be built on the grounds.