Natan & Sandi have retired from hosting Sukkot NW each year. We have had many wonderful years of hosting Sukkot celebrations, but we are now in our 60’s and it’s time for the next generation to take on the work and blessings of hosting. We are leaving this site up for you to use for ideas for hosting your Sukkot… and we’d love to be invited to attend!

You are cordially invited to join the Sukkot NW planning team, Congregation Elim of Tigard, Oregon and Hoshana Rabbah Biblical Discipleship Resources for our fourteenth annual Sukkot Northwest regional gathering this fall in southern Oregon on the wild and scenic Rogue River.

This year, we will be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles (or Chag Sukkot) on the banks of the Rogue River — where bald eagles will be flying overhead and sea-run salmon will be spawning in the river waters below against a backdrop of steep canyon cliffs and tree-covered mountains. For your comfort and pleasure, the campground has all the amenities necessary for tent campers and RVers, including full hookups, hot showers, a playground, various sports facilities, and wood. Ice and propane can be purchased less than 1 mile up the road at a small market and a full service grocery store is available 8 miles away in the town of Merlin. Don’t camp? You can rent a travel trailer and have it dropped off at the campground, or you can stay in a nearby cabin or lodge or a hotel in Grants Pass just 20 minutes from the campground.

Because Oregon can be wet and windy in the fall season, we prayed and asked YHVH to direct us to a location where the weather would still be dry, warm and beautiful through late September and early October and that was also close to major routes. Griffin Park & Campground, in gorgeous Josephine County about 20 minutes from Grants Pass, Oregon and just 8 miles from the small hamlet of Merlin, is such a place. This campground is located in YHVH’s beautiful creation and is away from the rat race of the city, yet easily accessible off of Interstate 5 within a short distance from a larger city for your shopping needs. We praise YHVH Elohim for his bountiful grace!

Since Sukkot prophetically pictures the one-thousand-year-long reign of King Messiah Yeshua (called the Millennium or Messianic Age), we wanted an idyllic spot that would best reflect our spiritual hope as we prepare to reign with King Yeshua as his glorified kings and priests in his eternal kingdom. We wanted a spot where, on this most joyous of all of YHVH’s seven festivals, we could meet with him and our fellow redeemed Israelites from various states as he has commanded in his Scriptures. We believe he has led us to such a spot.

  • Photo of the Rogue River taken from Indian Mary Park with white water rafters and bridge in the distance
    Rafters on Rogue River at Indian Mary Park

As is our tradition, Sukkot NW will be a blend of Hebraic (or Jewish) and Christian elements and will include plenty of teachings from well-studied and experienced Bible teachers, plenty of live Spirit-led and filled praise and worship, Davidic dance, and ample opportunities for discussions on biblical subjects. Additionally, there will be much food and fellowship around the community campfire and at our community sukkah, as well as a formal erev Shabbat dinner, and games and activities for the youth. For those who are not only fishers of men, but also fishers of fish, bring your steelhead and salmon fishing gear. The coho or silver salmon and steelheads will be running at this time, and you can literally bank fish from the campground (we’ve been told by a local that there’s a great fishing spot by Griffin Park). Those of us who will be fishing intend to grill our fish over wood fires and share our catch with the others. The world famous Rogue River is one of the three best salmon fishing rivers on the West Coast of America.

As always, in the midst of our playing, vacationing and fellowship we want to keep our spiritual focus sharp. We come to Sukkot primarily to meet with our Heavenly King and to keep him at the center of everything. Our biblical teachers will be sharing and leading discussions on a variety of subjects as the Holy Spirit leads them. However, a major theme for this year will be the regathering and reuniting of the two houses Israel as the one new man in preparation for the second coming of Yeshua. We will be teaching about the historical and prophetic implications of this and how it affects your spiritual journey here and now.

This is your formal invitation to join us (along with all of your other wild branch Israelite brothers and sisters) for Sukkot NW 2015 on the wild and scenic Rogue River in Southern Oregon.

Read a History of Sukkot NW.