Competition for Building Sukkot Provides Avenue for Social Justice

September 25, 1999

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."