Our first annual Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah event was held on October 20th, 2005,
followed by a second in 2006 (this will be an ongoing annual event).
Men’s Club sponsored a dinner in our sukkah, followed by Succot comments by our
Rabbi, topped off by a Single Malt Scotch lecture and tasting presented by a Scotch
expert (who led the group into the tasting wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes!). The
lecture included a discussion of the various types of single malts, how they are made,
and the unique tastes of each.
We were eager to develop a new program to attract members that don’t ordinarily attend
events or dine in a sukkah. As the club has traditionally built the synagogue’s sukkah
and had recently redesigned, purchased and assembled a new sukkah, it was especially
fitting for the club to attempt to draw a significant crowd.
It was envisioned as a combination of religious, social and educational events. It is
important for people to know they can just come to the synagogue (and a Men’s Club
program) for a fun night out. If we can get them out once, they may consider coming out
for other events.