Sukhot du Soleil at the New Shul
The New Shul will celebrate Sukhot, with a twist on Sat., Oct. 2, starting at 7 p.m. at 272 W. 10th St. Niles Goldstein, the rabbi of the six-year-old Greenwich Village congregation, described the service as a bit like De La Guarda, sort of a Cirque du Soleil atmosphere. There will be live music, dance and prayer. Its a very interactive event its not like sitting in a pew, he said. Everyone will be standing. Unless of course you need to sit.
The service will reach back into history, connecting with lost rituals.
Rather than creating something new, were excavating, Goldstein explained, noting the evening will culminate with a dramatic water libation, with water being poured into a giant vat in thanks for Gods abundance. Some, but not all, people will be in costume as wandering pilgrims.
The new moon will also be incorporated, he added.
The congregation is progressive, according to Goldstein, who is a Reform rabbi. The New Shul must have the right combination, because its drawing in people, Jews and non-Jews alike.
Over the generations, a lot has been done to take the joy out of Judaism, Goldstein said. And we want to put it back
. Here we are in this area thats been historically so antithetical to organized religion, and people are coming back. We opened in the belly of the beast, Greenwich Village.
No sheep will be offered in sacrifice, but as an offering of social action, people are asked to bring a canned good, which will be donated to the hungry.