The Jewish and Muslim communities at Mount Holyoke will come together to celebrate the rare occasion of the Jewish holiday of Succot ending at the same time as the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The interfaith event will be held in the sukkah on the porch of the Eliot House Wednesday, October 25, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
The event, titled "Sharing Sacred Seasons," is sponsored by the Multifaith Council. Succot, which recently ended, involves constructing a small hut--a sukkah--that is large enough to eat in and dwell in. Ramadan lasts for a month and typically involves prayers, fasting, charity, and self-accountability. Students of both faiths, brought together in the Multifaith Council, saw the opportunities to bring their two religions together by this unusual meeting of holidays.
"Students brilliantly saw the connections and opportunities between the two holidays," said Rabbi Amelia Ender, the College's interim Jewish chaplain. "The two communities have been in this fall cycle of holidays that are finishing now, so this celebration felt like it was a nice container to hold those ideas."