Today is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the holiest day of the year for Jews, observed with prayer and a 25-hour fast. Beginning 5 days later, Sukkot is a weeklong period (October 13-20) in which Jews all over the world mark the Fall harvest by building booths (sukkot in Hebrew). These huts symbolize the temporary shelters the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years after escaping slavery from Egypt.
You can learn more about the holiday’s biblical origins and traditions at The Skirball Harvest Festival: A Sukkot Celebration, which features live DJ music by Daddy Differently and Klezmer-fusion band Mostly Kosher, Jewish and Israeli folk dancing by Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez, spoken word performed inside the museum’s own sukkah and a tour of the permanent exhibit, “Visions and Values.”
And because it’s a harvest holiday, it’s all about the food, so you can taste olive oil, create tea blends, and make vinegar, salves and even natural cleaning products out of herbs and fall foods in workshops and other activities.
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $12, $9 seniors & students, $7 children, under 2 free. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org.