It’s raining. It’s been raining all day. The grass is wet, the floor is muddy, eyes are blurry and noses are running. The team begin constructing the booth, as part of our Sukkah Project.  As we unpack the roof from its covering, the wood crumbles in our hands. Still filled with optimism, we begin constructing the walls of the Sukkah. The task turns out to be trickier than it first seemed. We persevere, the thought of the event’s food settling in our stomachs provides warmth to our frozen exteriors. The warmth slowly disappears as we are informed that the doughnuts, pizzas, sandwiches and desserts have all been sent to the wrong caterers. All hope is lost. Until… our Head of Operations, Rabbi Natan Levy, still filled with optimism, begins parading around the park, searching for branches.

Unable to take failure as an option, Natan begins constructing the roof of the Sukkah from branches fallen off trees. His newfound inspiration spreads across the group. Suddenly, the walls of the Sukkah are built. The troubles we were once experiencing almost instantly turn into solutions. Now we have our Sukkah.

As people begin to arrive, Buddhists, Jews, Reverends, Imams, Rabbis, Hindus, the rain begins to clear. As conversations arise between guests, eyes begin to clear. Now we have our dialogue.

Almost out of nowhere, the food arrives, still hot, still possessing the ability to warm our insides. As each plate is passed across the crowd, so too is this feeling of warmth. Now we have our food.

Following speeches from Islington’s Faith Leaders, conversations continue. Passersby begin joining in, interested in the event, interested in the people, interested in our differences, bonding over our similarities. Now we have our community.

We would like to thank Islington Faiths Forum, Finsbury Park Mosque for their partnership. And to Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE for his explanation of Succot to the wider community.