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USM to Host Kosher Installation by Maine Sculptor Asherah Cinnamon

Between Wednesday, October 12 and Saturday, October 22, members of the USM community and the public are invited to see and experience “Dwelling Place,” a piece of temporary public art that will reside in front of Luther Bonney Hall near Bedford Street, Portland. The “Dwelling Place” is modeled after a traditional Jewish Sukkah, in celebration of a weeklong festival in which traditional Jews live, eat and sleep in the temporary shelter. Sukkot, the festival, is both a celebration of the fall harvest and a reminder that Jews wandered for 40 years in the desert with no permanent home.

Hillel of Southern Maine will sponsor a Break for Bagels for students in the Sukkah from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on October 12. Artist Asherah Cinnamon will also lead 20 minute informal and interactive presentations to those interested in learning about the Sukkah from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in Jewish culture, religion, or tradition to experience the spiritual connection between humans and nature that is at the core of this tradition. Cinnamon used only locally sourced and recycled materials to build the Sukkah. This event is free and open to the public.

The “Dwelling Place” is designed for and sponsored by Hillel of Southern Maine, in cooperation with the University of Southern Maine and funded by the Linda and Joel Abromson Fund Award. For more information, please contact either Rachel Shapiro, director, Hillel of Southern Maine at or Andrea Thompson McCall, director of Interfaith Chaplaincy Artist Ashera Cinnamon can be reached at .


"Dwelling Place" in progress at Ashera Cinnamon's studio