The ubiquitous canvas Sukkot which appear in Jewish neighborhoods the world over were probably first introduced and produced by the Orthodox Union in 1925, in an effort to encourage families to erect their own personal Sukkot and not rely merely on making Kiddush in the synagogue Sukkah. This project was reported by Rabbi Dr. Herbert S. Goldstein in his annual report as president of the Orthodox Union (“A Year of Orthodoxy” by Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, Jewish Forum, Dec. 1925, p. 557-565). The collapsible Sukkah was so successful, that Rabbi Goldstein encouraged readers to order their Sukkot immediately after Shavuot, to insure that the orders could be filled.
The text below is from Rabbi Goldstein’s message at the Orthodox Union’s National Convention, November, 1927. The document is in the Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein collection at Yeshiva University Archives.
Posted by Shulamith Z. Berger