Sukkah Project Opens in Beacon

Celebration of bounty and vulnerability

Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project, a communal celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, will take place over eight days starting Sunday, Sept. 27.

Now in its second year, the project explores the themes of harvest and impermanence. Partners include Beacon Arts, the Laba House of Study at the 14th Street Y and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

Beacon Sukkah Project“Everything has its moment and then it passes,” says Rabbi Brent Spodek of Beacon Hebrew Alliance. “The question is ‘What can any of us harvest in the time we have?’ This is a holiday about celebrating those possibilities.”

Symbolizing the idea of impermanence, Open to the Sky is a temporary structure located across from City Hall in Polhill Park, next to the Beacon Visitors Center. The roofless structure will be home to discussions, workshops, storytelling and song.

Scheduled participants include Kathleen Frith, president of Glynwood Farms, who will speak about the regional food movement in the Hudson Valley and the women who are making it happen; Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, who will hold open office hours; Andy Rivkin of the New York Times, who will speak on the papal Encyclical on Climate Change and David Ross, formerly of the Whitney Museum, in dialogue with Kazumi Tanaka about art after Hiroshima.

A schedule is posted online at

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