(COL) For the first time ever, a sukkah was placed within the White House complex in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot.
While only open to White House and Treasury Dept. staff and their guests receiving U.S. Secret Service clearance, dozens of officials took advantage of the sukkah’s presence during Chol Hamoed, with a small event just prior to the sukkah being disassembled before Shabbat.
During several hours every day, those within the White House complex were able to make their way to East Executive Drive and spend time in the sukkah to have lunch, bless the lulav and etrog and celebrate Sukkot.
The sukkah was provided and built by American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) in Washington, D.C.
While events in honor of Sukkot have been held at the White House for many years, this is the first time an actual sukkah was able to be built on the grounds.