Posts Tagged ‘Sukkah’

The Vice President’s Sukkah

September 24, 2013

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

Dr. Jill Biden (center right) with the group of invited sukkah builders and decorators at the Vice President's official residence in Washington, DC. (photo credit: Victor Mizrahi)

Dr. Jill Biden (center right) with the group of invited sukkah builders and decorators at the Vice President’s official residence in Washington, DC. (photo credit: Victor Mizrahi)

Looking for a sukkah to sit in? If you have high-level security clearance, you might want to consider the one at the official residence of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden.

The first-time appearance on Monday of a prefabricated sukkah on the patio by the pool behind Number One Observatory Circle leaves us wondering if this marks the start of an annual tradition for the Bidens.

“As far as the vice president’s staff knew, this was the first sukkah ever put up at either the vice president’s residence or at the White House,” said Meredith Englander Polsky, who was invited with her son Hayden, 8, and daughter Lucy, 7, to decorate the temporary structure. Polsky is the director of training and advocacy for Matan, an organization that advocates for Jewish students with special needs.

The decorating crew also included Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO ofRespectAbility, a national advocacy organization for the disabled, and William Daroff, Vice President of the Jewish Federations of North America. They were joined by their own children, as well as by a few other boys and girls, some of whom have disabilities.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

 

Sukkah City STL

October 18, 2011

This post first appeared as “Visionary Sukkahs in St. Louis” on The Arty Semite blog of the Forward.

‘60 degree Sukkah’ by Filip Tejchman (Photo courtesy of Sukkah City STL)

A year after a sensational debut in New York’s Union Square Park last year, the “Sukkah City” idea has made its way westward to St. Louis. The 10 winners of the “Sukkah City STL” design competition were announced October 4, and they are now in the midst of installing their structures on the campus of Washington University. The projects will be on view October 18 to 22.

The cutting edge sukkot were selected from among more than 40 entries submitted by architects and designers from all over the U.S. “Each of the proposals, in their own way have re-imagined the ancient sukkah, using it as a canvas to explore the role boundaries define what it means to be human,” said Rabbi Andrew Kastner of St. Louis Hillel, which co-sponsored the competition with the university’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and The Museum of ImaJewnation. Additional support has come from the St. Louis Jewish Community Center and by the Sam Fox School’s Charles and Bunny Burson Art Fund.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Occupying A Sukkah At The Hyatt

October 13, 2011

This post first appeared as “Protest Sukkah Rises at Chicago Hyatt” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

They may be occupying Wall Street with a sukkah in New York, but in Chicago the protest sukkah is at the Hyatt Regency. That is where the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual meeting is being held this week, and Jewish activists figured the hotel was the best place to make their point about the need for the real estate industry to help struggling families keep their homes.

The activists — among them rabbis and cantors who insisted the erection of the temporary structure outside the hotel constituted a demonstration and not a protest — invited bankers to eat meals with them in it, and to meet with individuals affected by the housing crisis.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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