Sep 20, 2010 — Inspired by the holiday of Sukkot and the creation of Sukkah City, the Yeshiva University Museum will host a panel discussion on Monday, Sept. 27 at 6 pm entitled “Judaism and Sacred Space: Meditations on Sukkah City.” The program brings together a multidisciplinary panel of scholars and academics to discuss the nature of sacred space in Jewish thought, narrative and law in a highly interactive mode.

Sukkah City is an international design competition aimed at reimagining the Sukkah, developing new methods of material practice and parametric design, and proposing radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site. Twelve finalists were selected by a panel of celebrated architects, designers and critics to be on display in a visionary village in Union Square Park from September 19-20, 2010.

Two of the winning designs from Sukkah City will be on display at Yeshiva University Museum in The Center for Jewish History for viewing before and after the program—and throughout the holiday of Sukkot.

The panelist will explore how the conception of space in multiple areas of Jewish practice and ideals reflect: the private and public spheres; notions of home and civilization; and the encounter between the human and the divine.

Panel Participants include Dr. Jill Katz, adjunct professor of anthropology and archaeology at Yeshiva University; Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, YU Professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought, and Senior Scholar at the YU’s Center for the Jewish Future; and Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Chair of Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, rabbi of The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life and university chaplain at New York University.

Yeshiva University Museum is located at The Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City. The program is free to the public and organized and co-sponsored by Yeshiva University Museum and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU.

The program is free to the public and organized and co-sponsored by Yeshiva University Museum, the Center for the Jewish Future and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU.

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