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This year, help us make Sukkot not only an opportunity for gathering and celebration, but also an opportunity for community building and giving back.
As part of our Sukkot celebrations, we are collecting children and adult size shoes to benefit the clients of Martha’s Table, a local organization dedicated to supporting children, families, and communities in Washington, DC. Adult-sized shoes appropriate for professional work settings or those good for everyday wear are particularly requested. Shoes can be dropped off in the EDCJCC’s front vestibule from Monday, September 13 through Thursday, September 30. Shoes must either be new or very gently worn. Each pair of shoes should be tied together or donated in separate bags.
This shoe drive is presented as part of the installation of A. Robert Zweig Architecture & Design’s Sukkah City x DC installation, located in the EDCJCC’s Q Street, NW Parking lot.
“Based in traditional definition and function — primitive hut, temporary shelter — the Sukkah honors its roots as a simple structure by using readily available, standard building elements configured with a modern sensibility and current-day purpose. The open walls and ceiling provide a clear view inside, welcoming the visitor to enter – not only to enjoy, but to participate in its transformation…”
“As each inhabitant arrives, they are invited to leave a pair of shoes for the wanderer who may soon be passing through. Each box of shoes becomes a building block which, when placed within the exterior grid of the ‘hut’, transforms the character of the structure, changes its texture and alters both the view in and the light within. Perpetually evolving, the Sukkah becomes a place of gathering for celebration while also serving as center of community building.”
About Sukkah City x DC
In collaboration with the Capital Jewish Museum and the National Building Museum, the EDCJCC is proud to co-host Sukkah City x DC, a free public display of creative sukkahs designed by notable architects, on view at the National Building Museum’s West Lawn and at the EDCJCC from September 18 – October 3, 2021. Featuring seven sukkahs, each structure will interpret the theme of “welcoming the stranger” while exploring the traditions of Sukkot.
In addition to taking part in the EDCJCC’s Sukkot events listed at edcjcc.org/holidays, enjoy these other events as part of Sukkah City x DC:
National Building Museum’s West Lawn
Sunday, September 19, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Meet the architects and explore the public display of creative sukkahs on view outdoors while you learn about and celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Free, but registration is encouraged.
Thursday, September 23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Hear from the notable architects behind Sukkah City x DC, their inspiration and design process, and how the built environment can impact and inspire a community to reconsider who is welcome. Free, but registration is required.