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The Sukkah Inside

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12 Tishrei 5781

7:00 PM - 8:00 PMZoom

Step 7: Dedication

We dedicate a new dwelling filled with the reminders of a rich harvest.

“Let me spread over you a canopy of peace.” Let’s explore making “the sukkah inside”! Create a fruitful space—an in-home sukkah—to dwell in the shelter of your own eating space. Plus, create a “canopy of peace” inside your heart and mind. 

Join us for this panel event with insights from interior design, meditation, and Jewish spirituality. Leslie Coff will moderate our panel of Rabbi David Kopstein, Kathy Mazur, and David Hollander. 

  • Rabbi David Kopstein was ordained in 1978 and served as a pulpit rabbi for 30 years in northern California, New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong before retiring to Hawaii in 2008 and later to Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of the fictional memoir The Rabbi Who Knew Too Much ( Descending from a long line of rabbis dating back to 11th-century Spain, he is the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren. He will bring his wealth of Jewish knowledge to us, sharing about the holiday of sukkot, including its history, customs, and more. 
  • Kathy Mazur is an artist and Sukkot enthusiast who will share ways to design your kitchen space into a beautiful sukkah-inspired sanctuary. Bring the fall harvest inside. Create a centerpiece of fall fruits, a vine-and-fruit window design, a rustic table setting rich in earth’s bounty, and an overall atmosphere of gratitude for the many blessings of fall. 
  • David Hollander is a Buddhist practitioner interested in spiritual development, ethics, and the study of how to live a good life. He volunteers to bring secular mindfulness training to incarcerated people and teaches meditation with the Wisconsin Prison Mindfulness Initiative. His talk will center around the concepts of silence, sacred space, interconnection, and our place in the cosmos. 

Consider ordering your own lulav and etrog: 

Other resources and items to inspire your creation of a “sukkah inside”: 

  • General Sukkot supplies
  • Inspiration from the Jewish Hostess website
  • Supplies for the window or wall design: faux greenery, vines, leaves, branches (olive or other), perhaps faux fruit such as grapes, lemons, pomegranates 
  • Supplies for the kitchen table: burlap for tablecloth, fresh or faux leafy branches, lemons, grapes, pomegranates, olives, dates  


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