The Sukkot Poster of Female Scholars
A Sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is customary to hang decorations such as streamers, ornaments, and pictures — often of rabbinical figures — from the interior walls and ceiling beams of a Sukkah.
Until now, Sukkah walls have been devoid of Jewish heroines. The seven 'guests' who are commonly displayed are all men. The custom of hanging pictures of prominent male Rabbis is also very popular in certain circles, however there are no posters available for purchase of female 'Rebbes.'
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) saw this lack of female representation as a problem and decided to do something about it. I was the graphic designer for this poster, and worked alongside a group of six female artists. They met to discuss potential muses for the project, and each was paired up with a scholar to learn more about, connect with and ultimately depict. The finished works are stunning, and we are proud to be able to bring all six works together on a single unifying poster. Each poster is weather resistant, made to withstand many years of rainy weather in a Sukkah, while also highlighting the stunning imagery of the portraits.
These posters are currently available for sale
Examples of traditional Sukkah posters