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Beyond Plastic Fruit and Popcorn Chains The Rich History of Sukkah Structures and Adornments

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Plastic fruit and popcorn chains may be the current go-to decor for your backyard or synagogue sukkah, but simple structures and pedestrian decorations were not always the hallmark sukkot. These structures, whether private or communal, have a long history of composition and adornment. By definition they are ephemeral structures, but we have images and information. Join us as we explore the structures that are sukkot.

Dr. Sharon Keller, who served as CSP’s 15th Annual One Month Scholar in residence in January 2016 and who earned her doctorate at NYU in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the area of Bible and the Ancient Near East, is a member of the Classics faculty at Hofstra University. She has been an Assistant Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at The Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew Union College; she has also held appointments at NYU, and New York City’s Hunter College—teaching biblical text courses as well as more general courses in biblical literature and history, as well as the courses in the art and archaeology of the lands of the Bible and the ancient Mediterranean world. She has written and edited numerous scholarly articles and academic books, most of which relate to the interplay between biblical Israel and ancient Egypt. Her most popular book, Jews: A Treasury of Art and Literature was awarded the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. Known for the enthusiasm and humor that she brings to all of her talks that make otherwise esoteric subjects easily accessible, Sharon is an in-demand lecturer and adult education course instructor throughout the United States.


Thursday, September 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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San Diego, CA United States


Adult Education