Decorating the Sukkah

Hidur Mitzvah (beautification) has always been an important part of the Festival celebration. The Talmud suggests hanging "handmade carpets and tapestries, nuts, almonds, peaches, pomegranates, branches of grapes, vines...wreaths of corn ears" (Betzah 30b).  We have expanded our product line to include two types of decoration for the sukkah:

Pest Proof Produce - Incredible InediblesHARVEST ASSORTMENT (PEST FREE):
The centuries-old tradition of adorning the sukkah with fresh harvest items has also resulted in a feast for squirrels, bees and other unwelcome visitors. We now offer a hand-picked selection of good quality fruit & veggie replicas (peppers, pomegranates, grapes, eggplant, squash, carrots, corn, etc) which should be of no interest to pests.

A carton of 18 different pieces ready for hanging is $43. (shipping included). This is great gift item for any sukkah dweller you may know! (Monkey not included).

SUKKAH BANNERS:
Several outstanding Judaica artists have designed Sukkah Banners for us, which are printed with the latest silk-screen and dye sublimation techniques on colorful, weather-proof nylon fabric. Most banners are 20 inches wide and 40 inches high, with dowel pockets top & bottom for hanging (dowels included). A limited number of these collectable banners are printed, with new designs added periodically. Prices range from $50 to $140

- click on any of the thumbnail banner images below to see larger, more detailed photos.

NEWLY REISSUED FOR 2014!

"Sukkat Shalom" (2002/2014) (at right), is by Tamar Messer, an Israeli artist from Haifa. The inscription is a timeless prayer for peace take from the Kaddish.

Visit Tamar's website at www.tamarmesser.com

Sukkat Shalom
Galia Goodman of Durham, NC "Ushpizot" (2002) (at left) and "Ushpizim" (2003/2014) (at right) by Galia Goodman, of Durham, NC, honors 7 matriarchs and 7 patriarchs whose spirits we invite to visit us in the sukkah. The original works are traditional papercuts with ink overlay.
Arba Minim

"ARBA MINIM" by Jeanette Kuvin Oren celebrates the spiritual significance of the "Four Species" used in the lulav-shaking ritual prayers of Sukkot: Etrog, Palm, Myrtle and Willow.  The original was created with silk fabric, which the artist dyed and then sewed piece by piece into a visually stunning quilted panel.

View more of Jeanette Kuvin Orin's extraordinary Judaic art at http://www.kuvinoren.com/

BIG BANNER (68" x 30") "Rejoice!" by Sharon Binder is based on Deuteronomy 16:14-15, which contains the explicit commandment that we are to enjoy ourselves COMPLETELY in our celebration of the Festival of Sukkot. The imagery is of the Seven Species: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives & dates, in reference to the original agricultural roots of Sukkot. This LARGE banner is digitally printed on a satiny synthetic fabric suitable for outdoor exposure, with stainless steel grommets at the corners for hanging. Size: 68" x 30"

Rejoice!
Chag Sameach

"Chag Sukkot Sameach" (2008) by renowned Israeli artist Baruch Nachshon, envisions the Festival of Sukkot in the Messianic Age.

 

SOLD OUT "Lulav & Etrog" by Sharon Binder depicts the "Four Species": ..."the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook..."Leviticus 23:40.

Lulav
Bruchim Habaim

"Welcome [B'ruchim Ha'baim]" by Sharon Binder delivers a warm welcome to your sukkah visitors. The beautifully rendered pomegranate blossoms and ripened fruit represent two stages in the growth cycle of this ancient and symbolically rich fruit.

SOLD OUT "Shehecheyanu" (2009) by Flora Rosefsky of Atlanta, GA, depicts the familiar blessing recited upon a first time happening such as lighting the first Hanukkah candle, hanging a new Mezuzah or-- as in this case--fulfilling the annual Mitzvah to sit in the Sukkah. Translation: Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, ruler of the universe, Who has kept us in life, sustained us, and brought us to this moment.

View more of the artist's work at www.florageart.com.

 

Shehecheyanu
Peace - Tamar Messer PEACE (2003/2008), by Israeli artist Tamar Messer is inspired by a passage from Psalm 122 which voices a timely prayer for peace and prosperity.

Visit Tamar's website at www.tamarmesser.com

 
 

BLESSINGS FOR SUKKOT (2008) by Galia Goodman is a beautiful presentation of the blessings recited in the Sukkah. The original is a traditional papercut with colored paper underlay and ink overlay.

Visit Galia's website at http://galiagoodman.com.

 

  Blessings for Sukkot - Galia Goodman
Fountain of Life - Betsy Platkin Teutsch SOLD OUT FOUNTAIN OF LIFE (2005), is by Betsy Platkin Teutsch, a renowned Judaica artist and illustrator from Philadelphia. She and her husband, Rabbi David Teutsch, composed this prayer as a blessing for moments of communion with nature and acts of environmental stewardship. Betsy tells us that it originated when she began composting in her garden, which struck her as “very much a mitzvah that deserves a blessing”.

You can view Betsy’s other work at her website, www.kavanahcards.com.

 

 
SOLD OUT  GARDEN OF EDEN (2005), by Illinois artist and graphic designer Adam Rhine, is a beautiful image from his extensive series of mandala-like paintings based on the Star of David. The text is from Genesis 2:8.

Visit Adam's website at www.hebrewart.com

 

Adam Rhine - Illinois Artist
Galia Goodman of Durham, NC SOLD OUT "MIZRACH FOR SUKKOT" (2005), is a papercut by Durham NC artist and sofer Galia Goodman. The Mizrach (Hebrew for East) should be hung on the East wall of the sukkah where it can provide a directional anchoring point for daily prayers and the ritual waving of the lulav.

Visit Galia's website at http://galiagoodman.com.

 

 
Give Thanks SOLD OUT "Give Thanks to HaShem" (2004), is another cut paper assembly by Flora Rosefsky inspired by a verse of praise from the Hallel prayer, and refers to the four cardinal points toward which the lulav is shaken.

Flora's "Dwell in Sukkot" banner
(at right) is based on the Biblical Commandment to dwell in Sukkot for seven days...

View more of the artist's work at www.florageart.com.

 

To Everything There is a Season SOLD OUT "To Everything There is a Season" (2004) (at left), a papercut design by Galia Goodman, cites a famous verse from Ecclesiastes, the text traditionally read during Sukkot.  

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