What is Sukkahwood?
Sukkahwood is a free community arts festival that challenges artists and designers to produce temporary art installations in the form of a Sukkah.
Sukkahwood 2017 had over 1,000 participants, 6 artists, and 17 partners and sponsors and was held on Sunday, October 8th in Inwood Hill Park.
Sukkahwood 2018 will be held on Sunday, September 16th in Inwood Hill Park at Gaelic Field.
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What is a Sukkah and what is Sukkot?
For forty years, as the Jewish people traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus from Egypt, miraculous clouds surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert.
We remember G-d Almighty's kindness and show our reliance upon Him, on nature, and on each other through dwelling in Sukkot (plural of Sukkah) - a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches - for the duration of the Sukkot festival.
Friends and family come together to share meals and often even sleep inside these huts for all seven days. The Sukkah is a symbol of community togetherness, a time to celebrate the diversity of our community. Through including everybody, we come to appreciate all the gifts in our lives that are often taken for granted.
Please note that the Sukkah structures in the event are not "kosher" and instead represent the idea of a Sukkah.
While we encourage participants to at least build a structure in the spirit of a Sukkah, we do not require that they make them technically kosher.
We will teach, at one of the tables of the event, what makes a Sukkah kosher.
The structures then can create a discussion as to whether the structure is kosher and, if not, what would make it kosher.