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March 4, 2012 6:30 pm

The Florida Sukkah Made from Toys

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The holiday of Sukkot may be six months off – after all, the springtime holiday of Purim begins Wednesday night – but people in South Florida are already thinking of how they’ll make history by building the world’s largest temporary hut out of children’s building blocks.

Throughout the fall holiday of Sukkot, Jews eat in impermanent structures known as sukkahs. While their walls can be built out of pretty much anything, each hut must be covered by a natural material known as schach.

So Stacey Schrager and Gladys Mezrahi, founders of the non-profit Connecting Our Cultures, reached out to Rabbi Pini Andrusier, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Southwest Broward, to supervise the process and ensure the construction is done according to Jewish law.

“I am trying to guide them,” says Andrusier, “and make sure that we are meeting all the requirements of a sukkah.”

The two women are using the project to unite the many different communities around Fort Lauderdale. Area children will use Mega Blocks to build the bulk of the structure, and people are being encouraged to “buy a block” to donate funds to Connecting Our Cultures and other participating organizations, including three local Chabad Houses.

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