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Rochester Jewish community celebrates Sukkot

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Members of the Jewish community in Rochester are celebrating the harvest festival of Sukkot.

The eight day festival started last Wednesday and runs through Thursday.

One key part is the sukkah, a tent-like structure. As part of the celebration, members of the B'nai Israel Synagogue in Rochester have constructed one, and the children helped decorate it.

"To be an acceptable Sukka you have to be able to look up through the ceiling of it and see the stars. So it reminds you that the thing that surrounds us in life, this material world is actually very temporary, and what's really important is the connection," Rabbi Michelle Werner told KTTC Tuesday.

During the holiday - meals are eaten in the sukkah, and some will spend the night in it.

Werner said the children who helped decorate the sukkah were able to have a meal inside it, as well.

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