how we gather

the Vassar Sukkah Project

It's a Jewish sketch of a dwelling, open to the sky and used for seven days around the time of the fall harvest and then dismantled. 

In these pop-up shelters, all are invited to gather to celebrate the harvest, remember the parts of our lives that are transitory, and delight in the joy of being together.

Sukkot (pronounced sue-coat) is the name of both the ephemeral houses and the holiday during which they are used.

For the week that How We Gather is up, there will be events, classes, and workshops open to all. Check out our full calendar of events and come visit!


Library Lawn
Sunday, September 23
through Sunday, September 30

Lead a workshop, performance, or discussion

Become a Convener

See the calendar of events

How We Gather

We are grateful to Beacon Hebrew Alliance, the town of Beacon, and Rabbi Brent Spodek for leading the way with their "Open to the Sky" project, and so generously sharing their materials. 

Learn more about the sister project that inspired us


Liz Aeschlimann

Director of Jewish Student Life

& Assistant Director of Religious & Spiritual Life & Contemplative Practices



Rev. Sam Speers

Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life & Contemplative Practices