Competition for Building Sukkot Provides Avenue for Social Justice

Source: Star Tribune

On September 25, 1999, the Star Tribune reported that in
honor of the Jewish holiday Sukkot, a competition was held in the
Twin Cities of Minnesota to build sukkot, which are temporary
structures used during the harvest in ancient Jewish tradition for
which the holiday is named. Six designs for full-sized sukkah, which are 9 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 8 feet tall and
designed to house a table, bed, and bench, were chosen from the 25
that were submitted. They will be constructed and on
display throughout Sukkot at different Jewish centers in
the Twin Cities area, and then on the grounds of
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from October 6-24. On October 24th,
the sukkot will be sold at a silent auction to raise money for at
least a dozen organizations lobbying for more affordable
housing. Frank Hornstein, director of Jewish Community Action, said
that affordable housing has become the top priority for Jews involved
in social justice in the Twin Cities area: “We’ve had victories, but
affordable housing continues to be a front-burner issue…It’s a way
to connect faith to action.”