Sukkot that Bring Down the House

Sukkot that Bring Down the House

Here are the entries in our annual Sukkah Contest. Community members submitted a photo with a brief description of their sukkah and the coolest or most unique aspect of it.

First Place:

Yelena Hertzberg
Toco Hills, GA
I called our sukkah theme this year “Purple Rain.” It became quite fitting since it rained the first night of Sukkot and we weren’t able to eat in it. My inspiration for the décor came from the white goblets I had purchased. They felt royal. Their regal nature inspired me to create a royal banquet-style tablescape and overall sukkah design.

Second Place:

Claire Peck
Sandy Springs, GA
Our 13 grandchildren are always with us in our sukkah. I have added their photos to my paintings of biblical characters. The children love to see themselves at the age they were when I first created the canvas panels. The most unique thing is that our sukkah is highly personal.

Third Place:

Melissa Wikoff
East Cobb, GA
It was the first time our family built a sukkah. It had traditional fruit, but we decorated with tropical flowers and our children made decorations to make it extra special and unique. We used PVC pipes and my husband felt like Super Mario when he assembled it. Coolest or most unique aspect: The fairy lights and the drawings and paper chains our kids, Avital, 4, and Benji, 1, made!

Other Entries:

The Davis Academy
Atlanta, GA
Mechina welcomes guest-reader Hallie Moore (fifth-grader) to their classroom sukkah, participating in the mitzvah of welcoming guests to their sukkah. The Davis Academy’s youngest students have the special opportunity to help build and decorate their classroom sukkah.

Steve and Heleen Grossman
Sandy Springs, GA
On Oct. 19 we hosted our Annual Benefit Sukkot Party and Music Jam – free. All donations went to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Judy Marx and Eric Miller
Piedmont Park, GA
On the deck of a 1928 Craftsman cottage near Piedmont Park. It has green mesh sides and naturally-grown bamboo s’chach. Everyone invited to our sukkah may bring/create an ornament. The décor is a collection as old as our family and as new as today.

Marsha and Jan Spector
Toco Hills, GA
Our table is set with my wife’s special hand-painted sukkah china decorated with etrogim and the seven species of Israel. We can have an open air sukkah as the side walls are all 42 inches high with narrow gaps between the posts so they qualify as walls according to halacha, Jewish law.

Abby Frantz
Sandy Springs, GA
This sukkah is part of Jewish Family & Career Services. It was decorated by the adults of IndependenceWORKS, a JF&CS program serving adults with developmental disabilities.

Liz Rowland
Dunwoody, GA
We look forward to building and decorating our sukkah as a family every year. We love hosting our families, new friends, and old friends alike! This year our sukkah hosted a baby naming!

Stan Beiner
Sandy Springs, GA
Our theme this year was Cirque de Succoth. We combined fruit with a midway! Coolest or most unique aspect: Sharing it with friends who wonder each year what the theme will be.

Janet and George Cohen
East Cobb, GA
The 8-by-8-foot sukkah assembles/disassembles easily so we have reused it for over 30 years. Friends bring their Jewish New Year cards to help decorate, as well as using cards from past years.

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