World-Wide Sukkah Competition

September 23, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The Jewish Agency for Israel has launched a competition to find the Number One Sukkah in the World.

Maria (age 5) of Ukraine, Gavriel (age 5) of Yemen, Annamalai (age 5) of Peru, AJ (age 6) of South Africa, and Sofia (age 4) of Argentina—all of them recent immigrants to Israel—pose in the sukkah they helped build at The Jewish Agency's Ye'elim Immigrant Absorption Center in Be'er Sheva, Israel Photo by Tali Nehama, The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Maria (age 5) of Ukraine, Gavriel (age 5) of Yemen, Annamalai (age 5) of Peru, AJ (age 6) of South Africa, and Sofia (age 4) of Argentina—all of them recent immigrants to Israel—pose in the sukkah they helped build at The Jewish Agency’s Ye’elim Immigrant Absorption Center in Be’er Sheva, Israel
Photo by Tali Nehama, The Jewish Agency for Israel.

The competition, dubbed “Sukkathon 2013,” invites Jewish individuals and communities around the world to submit photos of their sukkahs for consideration by a panel of judges.  The judges include the South African-Israeli architect Pam Davidson, UK art critic and art history lecturer Julia Weiner, and artist Betina Schneid, a recent immigrant to Israel from Brazil, who has participated in The Jewish Agency’s Ulpan Etzion program in Jerusalem.  Photo submissions will be welcomed until Monday, September 23, and the winner will be announced on the Hoshana Rabbah festival day, Wednesday, September 25.

As part of the Sukkathon, children from The Jewish Agency’s Ye’elim Immigrant Absorption Center in Be’er Sheva have submitted a photo of themselves in the absorption center sukkah, which they helped build and decorate.  Hundreds of new immigrants living in the absorption center are preparing to celebrate their first Sukkot in Israel, as are thousands of other immigrants at Jewish Agency absorption centers around Israel.  Some 350 individuals reside in Ye’elim, including some 130 children.

Sukkathon photos may be submitted via email (to Number1Sukkah@gmail.com) or on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Number1Sukkah.

The Jewish Agency is funded by UIA.

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