Good Sukkos Detroit Brings Young Adults Together Under One Roof

October 15, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

NEXTGen Detroit and Tugman Bais Chabad Torah Center presented the second annual Good Sukkos Detroit on Sunday, October 12th in West Bloomfield. Beautifully draped with fabric and strung up with lights, the sukkah quickly filled up as 120 young adults came together to celebrate the holiday with a homemade Israeli feast, music and conversation with new and old friends.

Good Sukkos Detroit is a once-a-year special edition of NEXTGen Detroit’s monthly Good Shabbos Detroit series, which invites young adults to experience a Friday night service and meal at different congregations across Metro Detroit.

Rabbi Shneur and Zeesy Silberberg have graciously hosted the event at Bais Chabad for the past two years, creating a warm and inspiring environment to enjoy Sukkot as a community and explore the many modern lessons that can be learned from dwelling in a sukkah.

“When we leave our homes, we leave the walls that separate ‘your space’ and ‘my space,’ and we’re able to unite in a way that we don’t often get during the year,” said Rabbi Silberberg in his opening remarks.

Also present was special guest speaker and now local resident Dmitriy Salita. Salita, a champion boxer and subject of the documentary Orthodox Stance, spoke about the challenges and rewards of being an observant Jew and a professional athlete.

“Good Sukkos Detroit and the Good Shabbos Detroit series are really about bringing people together,” said NEXTGen Detroit’s VP of Jewish Life, Joshua Goldberg. “Tonight, we had NEXTGen Board members and lay leaders here, we had Israeli guests in town for the teen mission reunion, we had the Repair the World Fellows, we had people who are new to town and people who have lived here all their lives. Having such a diverse crowd of young Jewish adults under one sukkah’s roof is incredible.”

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