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A sukkah, a small temporary shelter, was recently built next to the Dining Hall to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
The sukkah was a project of the Jewish Culture Club, which was launched this year. Club advisor Ellen Cowhey, an Upper School history and religion teacher, suggested the project, says junior Jacob Strier, club co-president.
“The idea was quickly made tangible with the help of Mr. [Craig] Dunne and his team, who built the wooden frame,” Jacob says. “We teamed up with boarders and curious passersby to decorate the sukkah with bales of hay, gourds, pumpkins and paper chains.”
“We see the value in having a sukkah as being an educational experience for the community,” Jacob adds. “It allows people from diverse backgrounds to experience a new cultural and religious practice.”
“Welcome to the Sukkah,” a sign on the structure stated. “Used to celebrate Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Festival of Booths; commemorates the temporary structures of Jews in biblical times, as well as the annual harvest....Families and friends may dine in the Sukkah or just relax. The hanging vegetables represent the harvest. Please enjoy the Sukkah and respect the space!”