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SukkahPDX observes Jewish holiday

Public invited to view exhibit dawn to dusk Oct. 8-17

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - This sukkah, titled Sukkarboard was build by Gianluca Pelizzi of Parma, Italy. The light-weight shelter deals with the concepts of precariousness and time as founding elements to reinterpret the original sense of the Exodus. Everyday materials such as cardboard boxes and newspapers gain a second life and become the loose blocks to shelter a sacred hut.

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SukkahPDX, Portland’s annual juried outdoor design competition of temporary livable structures built in observance of the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot, will be held from dawn until dusk Oct. 8 through Oct. 17 at the Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St. in Portland.

Sukkot commemorates the period in the agricultural cycle when people lived in the fields while harvesting their fall crops. Jewish tradition remembers the nomadic cultural associations of wandering 40 years in the desert by annually building these impermanent structures and then living in them for the duration of the holiday.

SukkahPDX is open to artists and national and international design teams. Each team receives a modest supply stipend to build the team’s sukkah. Additionally, each team has provided the museum with a reuse plan for the materials following the exhibit.

A collection of winning sukkahs will be displayed throughout the holiday where they will serve as the focal point for a series of events that creates contemporary context and connections to the themes of the ancient holiday such as food security, resource sustainability and hospitality.

For details, call the museum at 503-226-3600.

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