WHAT IS A SUKKAH?
Biblical in origin, the Sukkah is an impermanent, elemental shelter, erected for one week each October, in which it is customary to share meals, sleep, entertain and celebrate. A Sukkah is a hut-like structure that the Jews lived in during the 40 years of travel through the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt. As a temporary dwelling, the Sukkah also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies. We will have a Sukkah on our campus from September 19 – 29.
WHAT IS SUKKOT?
Sukkot is a week-long Jewish holiday that is held in the autumn beginning on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishri (Lunar Calendar). Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest as well as commemorates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. The goal is to spend as much time as possible in the Sukkah, at the very minimum eating all meals in the sukkah—particularly the festive meals on the first two nights of the holiday, when we must eat at least an olive-sized piece of bread or mezonot (grain-based food) in the sukkah. Some people even sleep in the sukkah. You are encouraged to invite friends and family to spend time with you in the sukkah. It is considered a Mitzvah (good deed) to have guests join you in your Sukkah. Today we are confronted with many issues and themes that Sukkot addresses such as homelessness, hunger, refugees, sustainability, and affordable housing.
SUKKAH VILLAGE PRINCETON
The Sukkah Village 2021 exhibit and competition, taking place in Princeton New Jersey, offers participants the chance to present innovative and original designs for a Sukkah that can be built by an individual, using materials and building methods that are sustainable and easily available. NJ AIA Architecture firms and Architects, along with selected competition winners, will build their Sukkahs at the Sukkah Village event taking place in September 2021 in Princeton NJ.
At the end of Sukkot, each built Sukkah will be auctioned off to raise money for for an assigned charity. Sukkahs will be displayed at various sites around Princeton, with the main Sukkah Village being featured at The Jewish Center of Princeton.
Join us to tour 11 Sukkahs, a traditional Judaic shelter, on public sites around Downtown Princeton designed by high-profile architecture and design firms and NJIT competition winners!
Special programming throughout the 10-day event will include: panel discussions, walking tours, a film screening, and family-friendly arts & crafts.
The event will promote the impact of design in addressing key social issues impacting New Jersey and the nation as a whole, such as homelessness, food insecurity, sustainability, and the struggles of refugees worldwide.
Learn more about the project here.