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Sukkahwood 2019

The Artists


Ellen Hanauer




This sukkah has all the bells and whistles to delight us and heighten our senses. Bursts of color, and sound help us to interact with one another. Enhancing our senses brings joy and helps us discover new ways of seeing our surroundings, a necessity if we are all to strive for peace and Tikkun Olam. Sometimes we must be taught how to listen and respect others’ viewpoints, and within this small space, we can transform our perceptions through a synesthetic approach.  This sukkah utilizes tactile activities that will beckon adults and children to play and interact together. There is an opportunity to drum together using the percussion instruments against the sound of bells that hang throughout the sukkah. Teleidoscopes dangle from the ribbons to help us view the surrounding landscape in a unique way. Lenses offer us a fresh perspective and outlook, which has the power to help us create tolerance for each others’ viewpoints. Everyone can enjoy a wildflower honey stick (OU, organic, BPA free and biodegradable), to celebrate sweetness and gratitude. Various textures abound, from the smooth ribbons, to the cool metal jingle bells, and the large soft pompoms. Lemons covered with cloves hang from the ceiling, permeating the air with an exotic, spicy scent. All of these sensory experiences help us evolve and see each other with softer eyes.  We are changed by this experience, for this interactive sukkah draws us inside to connect with one another. This is the true bounty of the harvest, the relationships we make and the moments which connect us.  Come inside this sukkah and listen, touch, smell, taste, and see for yourself.




Ellen Hanauer is a sculptor and installation artist who has focused much of her work on science based art, gender issues, interior spatial relationships of the natural world and the psychological effects of the human condition. In the past five years, she has worked primarily in fiber and digital arts and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been included in many sci-art exhibitions, including those in Great Britain, Australia, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria. Currently she has a commission on view at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate.   

Takashi Haradi

To Bee


This Sukkah hut is to combine the ideas of the traditional cultures from two countries, Ukrainian and Japanese into a Jewish tradition. The concept behind of this combination is connecting and becoming to be a part of the Nature.  
In Japan, there is a traditional architectural space for tea ceremony called “Chashitsu”. This is usually used only for Tea Ceremonies, however the space provides attendees silent and tranquil moment which allows them reset their mind from their usual busy society. Also this standalone hut usually has a special tiny entrance called “Nijiri-guchi”, where anyone who is coming in the hut equally has to bow once in order to get in. 
In the region of the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine, Bee keepers create “a Bee Spa” a tiny “house” where you can rewind, reset and reinvigorate while lying down on a bed, or platform, that is a part of the bee hive structure. There is a barrier between hive and “spa,” of course, and the bees are busy minding their honey business while the person inside the spa rests, surrounded by the white noise of the buzzing bees.   
Although, we are not able to bring actual Bee hive only for this one day event, we will built the outer box and play the sound of Bee Hive actually recorded at local Bee Hive Box by “To Bee” project at Bruce’s Garden using portable audio equipment inside the box in order to re-create / simulate the situation for a demonstration purpose.  
Combining these elements, this hut gives people a peaceful moment to interact with the power of Nature. People can enter through the Nijiri-Guchi and sit or lay down themselves on the bench/bed which equipped couple of Bee Hive Boxes beneath of it.  



Takashi Harada is a NYC based Japanese Painting Artist. Since his childhood, he has been collecting the images of the nature as his memory and has been searching for the connection between humans and the natural matters. After completing the Ph.D. program at the graduate school of Tokyo University of Arts in 1998, he left Japan in order to see and understand the art cultures of Japan from outside. He was granted a fellowship, “Overseas Study Program for Artists” from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government in 2005.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Japan and US.   

Ronit Levin Delgado

Blender Bodies


We all come from somewhere, we all come from everywhere. 

Our bodies are live blenders of heritage, history, family, rituals and beliefs.

Blender Bodies is an interactive Sukkah installation that invites everyone to actively join and engage with it through a performative act; the audience is welcome to collaboratively add Star of David stickers, which represent their ethnicity, to reflect the multicultural nature of the Jewish community around the world. Each viewer leaves behind a star, a memory, a trace, a gift, connecting both with the Sukkah and the community. The stickers will be added to more layers of different countries from people’s personal history and memories and will create a Jewish community mixture that will fuse and bond everyone in the Sukkah. Driven from a personal Identity exploration, this work aims to expose the common ground we all share collectively.

The audience is not only the viewers, but becomes the performers as well as the active necessary players whom together help to build this Sukkah, community.


America, just like Israel is a multicultural country. Everyone comes from “other” countries. Israel is a massive blender with its diverse population and eclectic multi-ethnics, which come with different traditions, folklores and languages. Israelis (“Ashkenaz” and “Sephardic”) come from over hundred countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africaas Jews have emigrated from all over the world. This belief embodies the idea of bonding and uniting all Jews from around the world together in one place, connected by a sense of partnership, a common fate and identity.


Ronit Levin Delgado (born Tel Aviv, Israel), is a multi media artist and a Fulbright scholar and an Adjunct Professor at the BFA program at Bloomfield College , lives and works in NYC. Currently a 2017 resident artist and instructor at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. Levin Delgado is a graduate (2013) of the MFA Studio Art program at MSU, NJ, and holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (2008), In 2011, Levin Delgado was selected for the Exchange Program for Merit Students to study at Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, PA. 

Levin Delgado has won multiple awards and honors, including the 2011-2013 Fulbright Scholarship, 2017 Jewish Art Salon Fellowship, 2017 Daughters of Troy Residency in Governors Island, 2016 COJECO Fellowship, Asylum Arts, the Israeli Ministry of Culture Scholarship, Bezalel Academy Award for Excellence and on 2014 she was chosen to be the recipient of the First Annual Prize for Bezalel Alumni.

Levin Delgado has had Solo exhibitions, including at Spring Break Art 2018 (NY), Gallery Sensei (NY), the Frame Gallery (PA), Guttman Museum (Tel Aviv) and has been included in numerous international group exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the US, including, The Queens Museum (NY),  Museum of Russian Art (NJ), Magnan Metz Gallery, and Trestle Gallery (NYC), Index Gallery, Aferro Gallery (Newark), Cardiff, Wales and Leeds (UK) and Hertzelilinblum Museum in Israel.

As a performance artist, Levin Delgado has performed at Grace Exhibition Space, House of Yes, Paper Box, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, EFA in NYC and participated in many international collaborations.

Elizabeth Ashe

Sukkah Oculi


Sukkah Oculi Septum is made of bamboo, seven chairs, furniture cane, and paper cord (also known as Danish cord). The mixture of bamboo and cane will create a cross-hatch pattern, providing structure and shade. It will be held together with jute twine and/or zipties, and each wall panel will be anchored by a chair. Each wall panel will start with a wider base, approximately 20 inches across, and as it rises upward to 5'3”, it will narrow. The chairs will be arranged in alternating position – three facing inward into the sukkah, and four facing outward – and come to a curved point with a hole, creating an oculus ceiling. Ashe was inspired by the oculus in the New Guardhouse in Berlin, and beneath it, Kollwitz's “Mother with her Dead Son.” As sunlight and shade sift, the Eye lands unblinking, and guests always see the sky. This sukkah is also inspired by the work of Doris Salcedo, who uses chairs and other common objects to define space. Both nature and participant scrutinize, reside, and process. Sukkah Oculi Septum is scaled on the artist's own proportions, and some of the bamboo is reused from last year. She will also use furniture cane material, either thin wood strips/ribbons, or paper cord (most often used for seats). For Septum, the artist will make the structure with seven curving wall panels instead of the previous four flat panels. Each panel will be anchored by a chair, and three chairs will face outward as four face inward. Included in in the wall design, are fabric panels to represent the seven food species of Israel -- tan for wheat, brown for barley, purple for grapes, black for figs, red for pomegranates, deep green for olives, gold for dates. The artist will lattice-weave the fabric upward into the roof, covering over the bamboo and cane support structure to provide a deeper shade in the ceiling surrounding the oculus. No single piece of bamboo or cane will reach from ground to the ceiling. My focus points are ease of entry, rest, and the ceiling. Travelers look out as great expanses, but looking up is less of a focus. As we look out, we should also look inward. I want the ceiling oculus to heighten and channel a view of the sky, for the participant/s. I hope for my piece to frame a quiet, personal space for reflection and connection to nature. I am emphasizing the space created, both as positive, negative, and shadows. The cross-hatch pattern is closely tied to drawings, similar in form to a rough, temporary structure. I am further emphasizing the view of the sky, and a chair as multiple-uses within a home. By providing chairs, I am building-in a place to pause and reflect. Incorporating the seven colors/species will created an added layer – both by giving vibrant color and texture, as well as provide stability, connecting the wall panels together. The materials start as basic-structure – bamboo poles, widely used as sustainable, strong, and fast-growing, as well as more-processed, in wood cane and jute cord. Both raw and processed, frame a meditative tradition. People go into bamboo forests for peace, and the act of weaving cord is reflective and meditative as well. To the artist, a home is something you can pack and transport yourself. Moduality is a way to show that home is ever transportable, adjustable, and can become more. The curved panels can easily be reconfigured to a different sculpture, using the same materials. Migration is the heart of society; the need for shelter, ritual and discourse are equal, universal and yet, culturally specific.


Elizabeth Ashe is a D.C.-based sculptor with West Coast roots.  Ashe received her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and MFA in Poetry from Chatham University.  Her recent public projects have been on view at Zenith Gallery, Figment Project, H Street Festival, the Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market, and Can Serrat. Her poetry  recently appeared in Lascaux Press, Lavender Review, and Red Ink International, among others. She has Jewish ancestry on her father's side. Ashe has a studio at Mount Pleasant Studios and is the Administrative Director for Zenith Community Arts Foundation.


Micki Spiller

Families of the Book


Home is a place that can be found in the vast and endless spaces contained in books, especially for people who live a nomadic lifestyle. This interactive Sukkah is inspired by my love for both reading and for books as objects. Just as one can get lost inside of a book, the public can enter into this temporary book-lined space where they may treat it as a place for solitary reading as well as a space to share stories with one another.

As Sukkot is a time of harvest, families, and eating outdoors! Therefore the titles in “Families of the Book” will be about those things, focus on these vital and joyous aspects of life through sharing Children’s books. They include Sammy Spider’s First Sukkot by Sylvia A. Rouss, Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie S Korngold, and Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. Throughout the day, I will present interactive children’s and family storytimes using the books in the Sukkah as read alouds.

The structure will take the proportions of two books standing on end, and consist of four walls, made of translucent muslin fabric hung from an open wood framework. The roof will be covered with sparsely woven papyrus leaves, which were once used to make paper for books. Each of the muslin walls will have a border made of hand-stitched images of date palm branches, willows, myrtles (lulav) and citrons (esrogs). The walls of “People of the Book” will also feature machine-embroidered images of book covers and custom pockets to house children’s books.


The two sets of wood frames (with muslin walls stapled to them) will be constructed offsite and then assembled together with a portable drill and screws at the park.  After the structure is secured together, rope will be strung on the top of the open roof about 1 foot apart to create a line to loosely weave together the papyrus leaves.  And the last step is to put the books in the pockets. 



Micki Spiller is an artist, whose work examines the narratives of space, through sculpture as well as artist books.  She has been in many group and solo exhibitions such as Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Edward Hopper Art Center, Earlville Opera House, and the Art Lot.  She has participated in residencies at Smack Mellon, the Evergreen House in Baltimore, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and World Views Studios in the World Trade Center.


She is a recipient of the Printed Matter Award for Artists, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Art Matters Fellowship Grant and a Regional NEA grant.  She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Ohio State University.  She is also a recipient of a (MLA) Masters of Library Science from Queens College.  Currently she is a faculty member at Pratt Institute and Parsons, the New School for Design.  


In the Summer of 2011, she serendipitously became a storyteller due to receiving a grant from an organization called the Laundromat Project, where she created an intervention at a local Laundromat in the form of a mobile library.  Micki currently does pre-literacy storytelling programs at the Brooklyn Public library, which keeps her hand in that world. 

Oren and David Herschander



The BiblioSukkah’s walls are bookshelves, and all the books in the walls are free to read and even take home. At the festival, Sukkah-goers can sit and read one of the books while nestled in a cozy nook within the Sukkah, or take the book with them, enabling them to create their own Sukkot in their minds whenever they read, share, or consider the book. Meanwhile, the metaphors contained within the walls continue on the roof. The schach is made of hollow bamboo that contains a handwritten scroll of biblical text that refers to the mitzvot of the Sukkah, similar to a mezuzah or tefillin. Our Sukkah represents how books, and their ability to inspire our creative thought, help us connect with people, ideas, and places beyond our immediate physical and emotional surroundings. We want to emphasize that the Sukkah, like a home, is more than a physical thing. It is a place, much like a good book, where relationships and meaning begin and continue to develop over time.



Oren is a researcher, creative assembler, archivist of the fictitious, and MFA student studying digital interdisciplinary arts practice at The City College of New York. He hopes his art can teach us how to ask questions about whatever sparks our curiosity while encouraging a keener sense of wonder about everything we haven’t noticed yet. See his art at David is a physicist, avid reader, and an experienced Sukkah designer and builder. Also, I (Oren) would like to mention how “our family Sukkah which my Dad (David) designed from scratch, and has built every year since helped me learn the art of Sukkah building, and I’m really thankful to have him on my team now.”

Rachel Udkoff

Royal Nation


The star of David represents the Jewish nation. It is created by unifying 2 triangles. One pointing upward toward the heavens, the other pointing downward toward the earth, combining and uniting them to create the essence of our nation. This Sukkah design is created by an extrusion of the Jewish star, forming 12 walls, representing the 12 tribes who founded our people. Looking deeper,  there are 7 realms of Kabalistic light forming each of our souls called the Sefirot. Each Sefira corresponds to another guest we invite into our home during the holiday of Sukkot (Ushpizen). The 6 points of the star correspond to the first 6 sefirot, while the 7th, Malchut (Royalty) is represented using mirrors reflecting these lights. Malchut is an emanation of the light of the Sefirot,  mirroring and reflecting them into this world just as the moon reflects the sun. This Sefira is also connected to King David. Through our Holy Temple, he materialized a heavenly presence from the G-dly world above in this world below.


Rachel Udkoff is a recent graduate of Pratt Institute where she studied Interior Design. She specializes in the design of sacred spaces, utilizing mindfulness, kabalistic elements and the senses to incorporate emotional and spiritual connectedness. Rachel designed a Mikvah (Ritual Bath used for purity and spiritual awakening) for her senior thesis and is currently designing a mikvah in Newfoundland, Canada.


A Mikvah and a Sukkah are the two mitzvot (positive commandments) that involve complete physical immersion, involving a persons entire body in the mitzvah. It is a beautiful coincidence that Rachel is able to utilize her unique research and passion into creating both holistic sanctuaries. Baruch Hashem!

Fred Spinowitz and Miya Gorodischer

Sun Sukkah


The clouds protected B’nei Yisroel as they traveled in the desert, post Exodus. The burning sun is, in a contemporary setting, blocked for people’s comfort and protection by the sun umbrella. Part of the guidelines for the Sukkah is to have more shade than sun. We will do this with our reed covering.

The experience of authentic Judaism replicates the original experience. When we pray, eat, and sing, we are, in fact, connecting ourselves to our ancient history. The experience is real and in the moment. We invoke the “Ushpizin” to join us in the Sukkah and what better way to do that than to use the current umbrella as our demarcation of place for this event.

This Sukkah concept is both temporary and portable. The original shelter from the elements is still very much in effect with the updated sun umbrella. Within minutes, we can lift our Sukkah and move it to any necessary location.


Fred Spinowitz:

Born and raised in NYC, he is a graduate of Pratt Institute and
reflects his yeshiva education and the times in which he lives. He has
been influenced by the abstract expressionists, but continues to add
the overlay of his Hebraic studies. The constant reminder that the
calligraphy of his early education provides a counterpoint to the wild
mass of color and vivid imagination.
Spinowitz graduated Pratt Institute with a BFA and MA in 1967.
He began teaching art privately and under a federal grant program to
NYC public schools. All the while he continued to work at his paintings
and ketubot, which are in private collections throughout the United
States. He has been included in group shows at the YU museum and
had a one man show when the gallery museum opened at West Point.
Beginning in 1980’s, Spinowitz began designing Judaica in silver, brass
and porcelain. His work has been presented to heads of state.
* Spinowitz menorah presented to Ambassador Shoval,
Israel’s envoy to the United States, by the Conference of Presidents.
* Lester Pollack presented a Spinowitz menorah to King
Hassan of Morocco in 1995.
* Feature story about Spinowitz Ketubah reviving the
ancient art of illumination and Aramaic text… NY Times 1979
* Gannett Westchester Newspapers 1979 & 2005 features
local artist, F. Spinowitz as he works in his New Rochelle studio.

Miya Gorodischer:

Miya Gorodischer is an undergraduate student at the Fashion Institute of
Technology, studying design. Raised in White Plains, NY, she draws
inspiration from the nature that surrounds her.
Miya has spent previous summers studying art at various locations including
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the Fashion Institute of
Technology, Westchester Community College, and Pelham Arts Center.
Miya’s medium of choice is graphite, although in studying design, she has
come to further appreciate digital media.

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