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Succot Celebration in Israel Like a U.S. Holiday Weekend-bumper-to-bumper Traffic

Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Israel’s main highways was a frustrating feature of the Succot holiday as Israeli families took advantage of fine weather to travel to beach and other resorts. The traffic, reminiscent of conditions on American roads during a holiday weekend, was most congested at the approaches to Jerusalem. Tens of thousands converged on the capital for celebrations. The city was dotted with leafy Succot booths erected in courtyards and on balconies. Streets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were jammed with sightseers.

In Haifa, the Jewish Agency built a large succah for the 280 immigrants now in an immigrants reception center there. Booths and cantors were supplied to Israel’s three passenger liners that were all in port.