During the week of Sukkot, the parking lot at the Oregon Jewish Museum will be transformed to accommodate a curated collection of unique sukkahs, created by artists from around the country. The sukkah is a temporary dwelling, traditionally erected each fall in observance of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Explicitly fragile and permeable, these shelters pose ancient questions of protection and enclosure, of transience, displacement and domestic space that remain highly relevant in the 21st century. Our sukkahs provide contemporary responses to the traditional challenges of sukkah design.
The sukkahs serve as a focal point for a week-long series of events that seek to place this ancient holiday within a modern context by encouraging new awareness of contemporary questions that relate to homelessness, food access, and resource sustainability.
Tuesday, October 2, 7pm
Share the Harvest, Join us for an inspiring presentation by FoodWorks, a program that engages young people in all aspects of planning, growing, selling and donating organic produce from their farm on Sauvie Island. A panel discussion will follow, examining the challenges of making healthy food accessible to all. Moderated by Jared Goodman. Featuring Steve Cohen of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
$5, General; Members Free Register
Wednesday, October 3, 7pm
Fragility, Stability, & the Housing Crisis, Discussion with Tivnu: Building Justice, Co-sponsored by Havurah Shalom
The holiday of Sukkot provides a natural time to reflect upon issues of housing and our communal responsibility to ensure that all persons have shelter. Join Tivnu: Building Justice, an advocacy organization that focuses on the fulfillment of basic human needs, Jewish study, and construction work and training for an informative panel discussion, led by Steven Eisenbach-Budner. Participants will include Rachel Post and April Woods of Central City Concern, Israel Bayer of Street Roots, and Roberto Jimenez of the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation.
Co-sponsored with Congregation Havurah Shalom.
$5, General; OJM and Havurah Members Free Register
Thursday, October 4, 5:30pm
Pizza in the Hut, family activities,
Pizza & Improv by ComedySportz Co-sponsored by PJ Library
Oregon Jewish Museum, PJ Library and ComedySportz partner to present a night of improv comedy, art, and pizza. Bring your family and enjoy hands-on, participatory improv and create decorations to beautify your home Sukkah. Weather permitting, we’ll eat pizza in the sukkahs. Pizza donated by Hotlips Pizza. Free with Museum admission for families. Reservations required. Pizza donated by Hotlips Pizza.
Free with Museum Admission; RSVP Required
RSVP to Yael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.245.6219
Friday, October 5, 8pm
Shabbat in the Sukkah
Join OJM and Portland Young Adult Shabbat for a young adult led Shabbat Service and vegetarian potluck in the sukkahs. Co-sponsored with Portland Young Adult Shabbat.
Admission is Free. RSVP Required.
RSVP to PortlandYoungAdultShabbat@gmail.com
Sunday, October 7, 1 - 3pm
Sukkot’s Bounty, Local food and Demonstrations,
The last day of SukkahPDX will bring live music and local food together so that you can stroll, schmooze and nosh your way through the sukkahs with family and friends. Featuring food for purchase from Mini Grilled Sandwiches and educational demonstrations by non-profit organizations, including Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Washington County’s Sunshine Pantry. Admission is Free. Food available for purchase
Oregon Jewish Museum visitors are welcome to tour the sukkahs during opening hours and, weather permitting, encouraged to bring their lunch or dinner and eat in one of the sukkahs.
Generously Funded by
Community Impact Grant /
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Multnomah County Cultural Coalition