Interfaith Chaplaincy

"Dwelling Place" Celebrates, Teaches about Sukkot

“Dwelling Place”, an installation by award winning Maine Sculptor Asherah Cinnamon, can be seen and experienced from October 12 through October 22 on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. The structure is temporary public art based on Jewish customs in celebration of the annual Festival of Sukkot, and is designed to meet traditional kosher standards.

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in Jewish culture, religion, or tradition to pay attention to the spiritual connection between humans and nature that is at the core this tradition. Designed for Hillel of Southern Maine, “Dwelling Place” will be in front of Luther Bonney Hall, near Bedford Street.

During the week long Festival, weather permitting, traditional Jews live, eat, and sleep in a temporary booth called a Sukkah. The Sukkah (the plural, Sukkot, is also the name of the Festival) is both a celebration of the fall harvest and a reminder of the years ancient Jews spent wandering through the desert in search of the promised land, after their escape from slavery in Egypt.

There will be two events in conjunction with this installation. 

Hillel of Southern Maine will sponsor a Break for Bagels for students in the Sukkah from 9:30am to 11am on October 12.

Artist Asherah Cinnamon will lead 20 minute informal “Artist Talk and Walk” sessions in the Sukkah and will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about and participate in the project between 2:30 and 5:30 PM on Monday October 17th (rain date October 18th same times): Open to the public with special invitation to students, faculty, and staff of southern Maine’s  colleges and universities.

Sponsored by Hillel of Southern Maine in cooperation with the University of Southern Maine; funded by a Linda and Joel Abromson Fund Award.   For more information about the artist :

Hillel of Southern Maine: Southern Maine Hillel on Facebook.