A worldwide registry of sukkot has been set up and is listed online at http://www.localsukkah.org.
The directory is designed so Jews interested in eating in a sukkah — especially during the workday — can find one. While not every sukkah is necessarily listed, the goal is to have at least one per area. There are currently three sukkot listed in the Baltimore-Rockville area.
“The main focus of this service is to enable people who work on chol hamo’ed [the interim days of Sukkot] to eat lunch in a sukkah close to their place of work,” according to Avi Vorchheimer, who coordinates the listing.
All of the listings are confirmed annually prior to publication, and the list includes many sukkot that would otherwise remain unknown to users of the list.
Vorchheimer started the listing in 1994 as a service to the local Jewish community of Melbourne, Australia, where he resides. Last year, the list expanded to include 434 sukkot in 26 countries.
Most were located in shuls, schools and businesses, though others could be found in shopping centers, universities and amusement parks.
The list does not discriminate by denomination; sukkot are listed regardless of the affiliation of their owners, and all Jews are welcome to eat in them.
Vorchheimer said the project is merely “to promote achdus [Jewish unity] and to help other Yidden [Jews].”
There is no charge to access the sukkot listing.
This year, there is a short video showing some of the sukkot around the world. There is also an app available for Android and one for Apple coming soon.