September 4, 2013
Buy a sign, build a sukkah
Four Jewish institutions have teamed up to build a sukkah composed entirely of homeless signs. They are asking the public to purchase and donate the signs in time for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
New Community Jewish High School, Milken Community High School, Valley Beth Shalom synagogue and Tribe Media Corp., publisher of the Jewish Journal, will together build the sukkah for the Jewish holiday, which this year begins at sundown on Sept. 18.
The schools and synagogue will use the sukkah throughout the year to teach about homelessness and to encourage political leaders to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Homeless sukkahs have been created in other cities, including Berkeley and New York. Los Angeles’ newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged to “eradicate” homelessness, and the organizers of the Homeless Sukkah hope this effort will encourage him to keep his promise. The organizers also hope to expand the effort to more institutions and community members.
Most immediately, organizers say, the sukkah needs signs. Anyone interested in contributing to the project are encouraged to purchase signs from area homeless people and then can drop the signs off at any of the participating institutions.
To get involved and for more information, visit the Homless Sukkah page on Facebook.