2019 Sukkah Exhibition and Festival
We have just begun making plans for 2019's Festival.
Please check back in the coming weeks and months to learn more!
Exciting new details coming soon!
In the meantime, learn, enjoy and relive last year's event.
September 21 - 27, 2018 - Exhibition
September 23, 2018 - Sukkah Festival & Award Ceremony
Picture courtesy of Sukkahville, Toronto
sukkah: Dwell in design
TJAA envisions Sukkah: Dwell in Design as both a new, innovative design competition and an outreach opportunity for the Jewish community to connect with the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth population. The goal is the promotion of tolerance and understanding by educating and sharing the beauty of this most ancient Jewish tradition. Sukkot highlights the importance of a safe refuge against the elements, and reminds us of those in our cities who are homeless or under-housed, dislocated and estranged, and their need to establish homes of their own.
Sukkah: Dwell In Design is a TJAA design competition to which local and national architects and artists will be invited to submit their most creative and exciting sukkah designs. Selected entrants will receive a $1,800 stipend and will be tasked with building a life size, modern, artistic interpretation of a sukkah, a booth that provides shelter while also remaining connected to the natural environment. The Sukkahs will be on display at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas during Sukkot, September 2018.
Beneficiaries will include Dallas Habitat for Humanity, Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas and National Center for Jewish Arts.
What IS A
A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for annual use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. The original source for this tradition is Leviticus 23:42-43, where it is described as a reminder of the booths in which the children of Israel dwelt during their journey through the desert, from slavery in Egypt to freedom.
Picture courtesy of Sukkahcity, New York
Jewish tradition commands dwelling in these freestanding booths for the seven-day period marking this harvest festival. These outdoor structures range from simple huts to elaborate retreats. In modern times the Sukkah is a symbol of shelter, and the frailty and transience of life, and Jewish families honor this tradition by taking meals and entertaining in sukkahs that they erect in their back yards, terraces and rooftops.