Sukka City x DC wordmark

Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, October 3, 2021
Presented by the Capital Jewish Museum and National Building Museum in collaboration with Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center
A public display of creative sukkahs, designed by notable architects, are on view at the National Building Museum’s West Lawn and Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC) campus. As part of Sukkot—a Jewish holiday that simultaneously celebrates the fall harvest and recalls the Israelites’ journey through the desert—sukkahs are temporary structures in which to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice. Inspired by the theme ‘welcoming a stranger,’ the sukkah designs explore social justice issues, the changing landscape, and the traditions of the holiday.

On view at the National Building Museum

a complete unknown
hord | coplan | macht
Knu Design and Cedar

On view at the EDCJCC

Esocoff & Ng Architects
A. Robert Zweig

National Building Museum West Lawn
Sunday, September 19, 11 am–2 pm, In person
Meet the architects and explore the public display of creative sukkahs on view outdoors at the National Building Museum’s West Lawn while you learn about Sukkot and participate in an arts workshop, holiday activities, family story time, and a letter-writing campaign in support of eradicating homelessness in our city. Refreshments available for purchase from DC Central Kitchen. Free. Masks suggested. Registration encouraged.

Participate in the waving of the lulav at 11:15am and 12pm then join PJ Library for a lively, interactive storytime in the sukkah! We’ll share stories about the holiday, and you’ll get a book for your family to take home, too! Storytime takes place at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. 

As we activate Sukkah City and reflect on what it means to create home for ourselves  and others, local artist, Jessica Valoris will engage participants and create a woven  painting inspired by the Jewish tradition of the mezuzah. 

Presented in collaboration with Avodah, DC Public Library, Edlavitch DCJCC, Museum of the Bible, PJ Library, Project Create, Sixth & I and Yachad. Featuring visual artist, Jessica Valoris.

Panel Program
Thursday, September 23, 6:30–8:00 pm, Online
Hear from the notable architects behind Sukkah City x DC, a creative public art installation that celebrates Sukkot, presented by the Capital Jewish Museum, National Building Museum, and EDCJCC. Learn about their inspiration and design process, and how the built environment can impact and inspire a community to reconsider who is welcome. Free. Virtual. Registration required.

Register and Be Rewarded
Register for programs and vote for a fan favorite. Both actions are automatic entry into a drawing for museum swag, membership rewards, and four complimentary club tickets (parking pass included) for Washington Nationals vs Boston Red Sox on Sunday, October 3.



Location and Contact Information
Capital Jewish Museum
1319 F St. NW, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20004  |

National Building Museum
401 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004  |

Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036  |  202.518.9400


This presentation was made possible by Andrew R. Ammerman, Esther and Bert Foer, Mark and Judy Lerner and Family, Howard Morse and Laura Loeb, Tina and Sonny Small, Gene Sofer and Judith Bartnoff, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and a HumanitiesDC 2021 Humanities Festivals Partnership Grant.