Jewish Agency Launches Online Sukkot Contest


A decorated sukkah.

— by Josh Berkman

With the holiday of Sukkot approaching, The Jewish Agency for Israel has launched Sukkathon 2013, an online contest to “identify the world’s most beautiful and innovative sukkah.”

For Sukkathon 2013, the Agency encourages Jews around the world to send pictures of their sukkahs to the address [email protected] or tweet it to @Jewishagency with the hashtag #number1sukkah. All submissions must be received by 11 a.m. ET on Sept. 23. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

“Sukkot celebrates the warmth felt by members of the Jewish community as they gather for meals in these intimate settings,” said Tali Aronsky, The Jewish Agency’s director of communications in North America. “We look forward to showcasing the artistry and creativity that exists within the global Jewish family and invite Jews who are proud of their sukkahs to show them off.”

More after the jump.
The Agency has assembled a judging panel that includes an internationally recognized architect, an art critic and an artist. The judges are:

  • Pam Davidson, who was a principle architect in Cape Town before making Aliyah. She helped design the FIFA World Cup Stadium and the South African Heritage Storage Museum, as well as residential and municipality projects in Israel. She also blogs about architecture and Israel.
  • Julia Weiner, who has been the Jewish Chronicle’s art critic since 1993. She also works as a lecturer in art history at Regent’s University London, on the education staff at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and advises the London Jewish Cultural Centre on their exhibition programs.
  • Betina Schnaid, who emigrated to Israel from Brazil in 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design, and represented Israel at the first “London Art Biennale” in 2013.

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