A worldwide registry of sukkahs has been set up, and is listed at www.localsukkah.org. The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every sukkah, but to try and have a sukkah listed for every area in which Jewish people may find themselves during Sukkos. The main focus of this service is to enable people who work on chol hamoed to eat lunch in a sukkah which is close to their place of work. As all listings are confirmed annually prior to publication, the benefit of the list is that users can be almost certain that the sukkah that they wish to use is indeed available prior to heading there. The list also includes details of numerous sukkahs.
The list of sukkahs began in 1994, as a local service to the Jewish community in Melbourne, Australia. Last year there were 434 sukkahs listed, located in 26 countries. These sukkahs were mainly located in shuls, schools, and businesses. The list also included some sukkahs located in shopping centers, universities, and amusement parks. In Melbourne, the service was initially nicknamed the “Sukkah at Work project.”
The list was started after it was realized that there are many sukkahs in workplaces that nobody knows about. The person who suggested the compilation of the list pointed out that a few friends of his had not been able to eat a proper lunch on chol hamoed as they had no sukkah at their workplace and did not know that there was a sukkah nearby that the owner was willing to share.
The list publicizes all sukkahs regardless of the affiliation of their owners, and all Jews are welcome at any of these sukkahs. The idea of this project is merely to promote achdus (Jewish unity), and to help other Yidden. There is no charge for this service.
This year, the short video showing pictures of some of the sukkahs around the world that have been listed in past years has been updated. The apps have also been updated this year, with the Android one already available and the one for Apple devices to be available very soon.
If you have a sukkah that you would like to register, you can do so by sending an e-mail with the details to