A Sukkot staple is back in the Lower East Side and they’re ready to provide for all of your holiday needs. The stand, on the corner of Canal and East Broadway, is a family business and has been supplying Sukkot products for Jewish communities in the neighborhood and across the city for over 40 years. They opened once again this Sunday.
The Sukkot holiday is a traditional pilgrimage festival, and is commonly celebrated by eating meals in a temporary hut built specifically for the holiday, called a sukkah. These spaces are generally pretty modest and minimal (although a 2010 project called Sukkah City installed high-concept and beautifully designed sukkahs in Union Square!). Besides taking meals in the outdoor hut, Sukkot is also marked by waving the lulav and etrog during prayer on each of the seven days, usually with the exception of the Sabbath. A lulav is a palm branch holding two willow (aravah in Hebrew) branches on the left side and three myrtle (hadass in Hebrew) branches on the right. A etrog is a citron, similar to a lemon.
The stand on Canal and East Broadway supplies kosher lulavs for Sukkot, as well as shofars and other holiday decorations. The lulavs and etrogs are imported from Israel, Egypt, Morocco, and some even locally from New York. The stand is open from 8am-8pm and closes on Wednesday, October 11th at 8pm. A set of lulav and etrog will cost you $30 (cash only, like the old days!).
We’re thankful that even in a changing neighborhood, family businesses and pieces of Jewish heritage remain. Stop by the stand if you’re feeling in the Sukkot spirit – and don’t forget to come by the Museum while you’re in the neighborhood!