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Sukkah Dedication 2013

The Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class of 2013/5773 presented their class project, a gift to the congregation on September 20th, Friday evening……a new sukkah!  At 32’ x 16 ‘ it is twice the size of the previous sukkah and has been thoughtfully and lovingly hand-created as a unique expression of our community of haverim (friends).  The eight members of the B’nai Mitzvah class who built the sukkah are:  Connie Caldwell, Joy Cohan, Elisabeth Dubin, David Jolkovsky, Nancy Loeb-Williams, Carole Plack, Susan Ross and Marion Cantor Warner.

Sukkah

 

 

The eight panels that form the sides of the sukkah were designed by the class to carry out a Yolo County agricultural theme representing the bounty of a local harvest. Tomatoes, pomegranates, sunflowers, corn, grapes, wheat and barley are among the crops represented.  With the help of CBH partner Meryl Rappaport, the class was guided in the technique of sun painting the panels to bring the design to vivid fruition.  Stencils were both hand-drawn and traced to use in the process. The large CBH menorah logo was sun printed by temporarily bringing down the metal menorah which hangs on the Social Hall wall and the Hebrew blessing was formed using punch-out foam Hebrew letters from a children’s block set.  Each sunflower and some cornstalks bear Hebrew names of class members, those who helped them and Rabbi Greg.

 

Gourd

 

The large frame for the sukkah was planned and constructed with the assistance of CBH partner Sharon McCorkell who combined her carpentry skills with hardware from a wood kit.  Class member Elisabeth Dubin led the group to create beautiful lanterns from gourds,taking each participant from the point of hand-scrubbing and smoothing the gourds to the sketching of a design pattern and drilling the pattern into the gourds to allow light to peek through.  The lanterns have been enhanced with jewel-toned decorative beads, and are illuminated using battery-operated candles.  There also will be an opportunity in the future for others in the CBH community to add to the beauty of the sukkah by contributing decorations either temporarily or creating items to be used year-after-year.

The class looks forward to sharing many meals and occasions in this new sukkah with all of their CBH haverim!


 

 


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