Each year, we recreate the huts in which our Israelite ancestors found refuge after escaping slavery in Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years. Sukkot allows us time to recognize our own fragility and reminds us that, for so many, shelter remains impermanent.
Today, more than 82 million refugees and displaced people—from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan, Honduras, Venezuela, Syria and many other countries—wander the earth in search of a safe place to call home.
This Sukkot, invite eight of these individuals into your sukkah to tell their stories by printing and hanging their photos and accompanying narrative, which you can download below.
Directions for Optional Social Media Action
In addition to the photos and stories, we have created a poster that says, “This Sukkot, We Stand With Refugees.”
We encourage you to take a selfie with your community holding up this poster and standing in front of the stories and narratives hanging in your sukkah.
Be sure to share your picture on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, tag @HIASRefugees, in your post.
Visit the HIAS take action page for more ways to get involved.