Theme: Cover Us with Your Sukkah of Peace

Ufros Alenu Sukkat Shlomecha

The Washington DCJCC and the Washington Jewish Week are proud to sponsor a community-wide Sukkot Photography Contest: Cover Us With Your Shelter of Peace/Ufros Alenu Sukat Shlomecha. Contest submissions will be accepted through Monday, September 22rd and the winners will be announced on September 29th on the Washington Jewish Week and DCJCC websites.

The Jewish Festival of Sukkot commemorates the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering in the dessert, living in temporary shelters, as well as celebrating the Fall harvest. Every year it falls on the 15th of the Jewish month of Tishrei, and is celebrated by dwelling in a Sukkah and shaking the Lulav and Etrog.

In honor of the October 8-15 holiday we invite photographers of all ages and skill levels to reflect on the ideas of shelter and peace. The contest theme: Cover Us with Your Sukkah of Peace, is translated from Ufros Alenu Sukat Shlomecha, and comes from the prayers following the Shema in the Jewish prayerbook.  

Contest entrants should submit a single work of original material by emailing their entry as an attachment in digital format. Digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller and must be in JPEG or JPG format. In the body of the email include your name, address, telephone number, email address and photo caption. Photographs will be judged by a panel of experts. A first-place winner will be picked by the judges. A People's Choice winner will be picked by the Washington DCJCC's Facebook community. 

The first-place winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and year’s subscription to the Washington Jewish Week. The People's Choice winner will receive a three-month membership to the Washington DCJCC and year’s subscription to the Washington Jewish Week. Winning photos will be published in the Washington Jewish Week (print and online) and will be displayed in the DCJCC Diane and Norman Bernstein Family Foundation Lobby October 6-31, along with a selection of honorable mentions.

Email submissions to:
Submission Deadline: Monday, September 22 at 9:00 AM
Contact: (202) 777-3260;

Learn more about the Holiday of Sukkot

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