Every year Diane Tominaga erects her sukkah, a booth for Jewish Sh'mini Atzeret, and invites friends and neighbors in. She keeps it in the storage shed behind her Airstream trailer the rest of the year.
A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish"Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is topped with branches and often well decorated with autumnal, harvest or Judaic themes. The Book of Leviticus describes it as a symbolic wilderness shelter, commemorating the time God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness after they were freed from slavery in Egypt. It is common for Jews to eat, sleep and otherwise spend time in the sukkah. In Judaism, Sukkot is considered a joyous occasion and is referred to in Hebrew as Yom Simchateinu (the day of our rejoicing) or Z'man Simchateinu (the time of our rejoicing), but the sukkah itself symbolizes the frailty and transience of life and its dependence on God.