Sukkah Village 2021: a cultural event blends design and spirituality, raising awareness of social issues | New


PRINCETON, New Jersey, August 31, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Locally-based integrated architecture and design firm JZA + D, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, announced a unique and sprawling multi-day cultural event: Sukkah Village 2021 will have held at several sites throughout Princeton Town Center, coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which takes place in the second half of September.

Event organizers, sponsors and attendees hope Sukkah Village 2021 will raise awareness of the power of design to solve key social issues impacting New Jersey and the country – especially housing insecurity, homelessness, hunger, sustainability and the struggles of refugees around the world, all of which resonate with the themes and traditions associated with Sukkot.

Eight leading architecture and design firms from across the state will join New Jersey Institute of Technology winners of the student design competition to participate in this great public exhibition and celebration. Of September 19-29, event lovers can visit several designated sites around Princeton Town Center experience the sukkah – the temporary shelters that feature prominently in Sukkot celebrations – designed by architects and student teams. A total of twelve sukkahs will be erected on sites provided by site partners, including ten designed by eight practicing architects from across the state and two designed and built by teams of students selected in a competition held in the spring. latest.

Additional Sukkah Village programming includes panel discussions, walking tours, a film screening, and a family-focused arts and crafts gathering.

Sukkah Village 2021 will also be a platform for fundraising efforts for associated charities. To that end, the sukkah themselves – all of which can be taken apart and assembled every year for Sukkot – will be sold through an online auction that will open at auction just before Labor Day and close just after it ends. of Sukkah Village 2021, at which the winning bidders will be contacted. Interested parties can find out more by visiting the event website at

“Sukkot is a celebration of the harvests, but it also aims to emphasize the importance and fragility of the shelter,” says Joshua Zinder, local architect, entrepreneur, managing partner of JZA + D and current president of AIA-New Jersey. “With the phenomenal professional designers and students involved, and the commitment of key partner organizations and sponsors, we hope that Sukkah Village 2021 will capture the imaginations of viewers and inspire them to contribute solutions for the range of critical issues. faced New Jersey, such as homelessness, hunger and a growing affordable housing gap. “

Sukkah Village 2021 was inspired in part by Zinder’s participation in a similar event in New York City. Galvanizing the state’s architectural community, Zinder and his firm worked to form and strengthen partnerships with like-minded designers and their firms to develop the village of Sukkah in a way that would foster thoughtful conversations about critical issues. their communities face.

According to Zinder, a partnership with local philanthropic organization The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks went a long way in making the event possible.

“This event provides a unique opportunity to showcase talented architects and share their vision with the local community on the occasion of the celebration of Sukkot,” says Daniel Herscovici, chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation. “The festival holidays commemorate the years Jews spent wandering in the desert and how GD protected us from the harsh desert conditions. Sukkah Village 2021 is an opportunity to highlight the housing insecurity issues facing our local community and communities around the world, to spark conversations about these and related issues, and to inspire each other. the others to address them. It is a significant event, and we are proud to be involved in it. “

Other partners and sponsors of the event include Princeton Hillel CJL, the Jewish Center of Princeton NJ, Arts Council of Princeton, and the municipality of Princeton. A complete list of sponsors, organizing partners and site partners is available at

For more information and interviews with event planners and partners, please contact CC Sullivan.


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WHEN: September 19-30, 2021

O: Princeton, New Jersey, various partner sites:

  • Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street
  • Jewish Center Princeton, 435 Nassau Street
  • Palmer Square, 3 Palmer Square (on Hulfish Street)
  • Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street
  • YWCA Princeton, 59 Place Paul Robeson
  • Trinity Princeton Church, 33 Mercer Street
  • Additional location to be announced


A unique cultural event, Sukkah Village 2021 focuses on the power of design to solve humanitarian issues that thematically resonate with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, including housing insecurity, homelessness and hunger.

Attendees will be able to visit designated sites to see fully constructed and functioning sukkah – the temporary hut-shaped shelters that feature prominently in Sukkot celebrations – designed by eight sitting architectural firms and two design teams from students, all of New Jersey.


Details on

  • 9/5 Online sukkah auction opens
  • 19/9 Kick-off evening
  • 19/9 – 29/9 Sukkah open to the public
  • 9/20 Informal walking tour
  • 9/22 Discussion on roaming
  • 9/23 Youth group activity
  • 9/23 Sustainability Conference
  • 9/25 Conference on Refugees and Hunger
  • 9/26 “Sukkah Hop” with architects
  • 9/30 End of auction

Media contact

Adam sullivan, CC Sullivan, +1 2127577932, [email protected]

SOURCE Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design (JZA + D)


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