Photos: Itzik Roytman
For the first time ever, NY City Hall erected a sukkah in honor of the Jewish holiday of Sukkos.
Jewish Caucus Chairman Chaim Deutsch worked with Pinny Ringel, Community Affairs Unit Liason for Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Inspector Howard Redmond, Speaker Corey Johnson, and members of the NYC Council’s Jewish Caucus – in close partnership with Rabbi Shmuel Butman of the Lubavitch Youth Organization- to arrange for the sukkah to be built in front of the entrance to City Hall on Broadway.
The 18×12 foot “City Hall Sukkah” was built at the entrance to City Hall and provided the Jews in the area with a place to eat during the days of Chol Hamoed (intermediate days of) Sukkos.
In a special reception in the Sukkah, Councilman Chaim Deutsch greeted all participants with great enthusiasm. “We are proud to help people fulfill their obligation,” Councilman Deutsch said.
Rabbi Shmuel Butman, Director of Lubavitch Youth Organization, thanked Councilman Deutsch for all his great efforts. “This is in the spirit of the Rebbe of helping every Jew perform the requirements of the Sukkos Festival,” Rabbi Butman said.
“I’m so happy the Sukkah is up, I had a place to celebrate the Sukkos Holiday next to my office,” said City Hall Representative Pinny Ringel.