Palm branches are standard fare in South Florida, but this year they took on fresh meaning as they adorned 12 sukkah mobiles in a new initiative by Bais Menachem shul of North Miami Beach, led by Rabbi Yossi and Chana Marlow.
Come nightfall ushering in the first day of Chol Hamoed, the band of rented trucks drove into Bais Menachem’s parking lot amid joyous music and dancing, infusing the community simchas bais hashoeiva event with momentous excitement.
Together, volunteers young and old worked alongside the dancing crowd, assembling and building the sukkah mobiles atop the pickup trucks that would later lead the way in the community’s first-ever Sukkah Mobile Parade.
Over 30 anash families participated in the mivtzoim project during Chol Hamoed, bringing more than 2,000 people to shake Lulav and esrog this Yom Tov!
Snacks were distributed and brochos were said in the sukkos on wheels, eliciting much positive feedback from the many Jews who benefited with the opportunity to perform a mitzvah.
Spearheaded by Eli Rafaelov and coordinated by Rabbi Shuzy Karp, the project united the community in a beautiful display of achdus and outreach.
The successful operation inspired many Jews from the surrounding areas, and gave local children the opportunity to be lamplighters, spending their Chol Hamoed hours in productive and satisfying endeavors as young shluchim and shluchos.