Israeli-American Fashion Designer Elie Tahari to Design World Class Sukkah for Manhattan Kosher Eatery (PHOTOS)
Fresh off having a day proclaimed in his honor for lifetime achievements by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Israeli-American fashion designer Elie Tahari, 61, will be applying his formidable talent to the Jewish festival of Sukkot, designing a sukkah (customary outdoor booth) at New York’s The Prime at the Bentley kosher restaurant, The Algemeiner has learned.
The story of Tahari’s successful rise is a legend in fashion circles—he moved to New York City from Israel in the early 70’s at 19 with $300 in his pocket and slept on park benches and in shelters before building his fashion empire. Among his designs, Tahari is credited with introducing the tube top.
“Elie approached us and said he wanted to design a sukkah,” Prime at the Bentley owner Joseph Allaham told The Algemeiner.
“It’s a beautiful design and has amazing detail and we’re really very excited and proud of it,” Allaham said. “It’s going to be incredible. It will be the biggest sukkah in the city and among the nicest in the world.”
Allaham said he will call it the “Sukkah of Peace,” and that the propitious date of the holiday, which falls during the United Nations’ General Assembly, could make the sukkah a space where delegations and organizations visiting from around the world could feel welcome.
“It’s really something unique and we’re hoping organizations and other world leaders will want to come view it,” he said. “This is something that hasn’t been done before, and we’re hoping it exposes the holiday to both Jews and non-Jews alike.”
The sukkah will be open to the public during Choel Hamoed, the days that lie between the first and last days of the week-long holiday, set to begin September 18th. Allaham said The Prime at the Bentley will also host a sukkah on the hotel’s rooftop.
UPDATE: Newly released pictures of Tahari’s sukkah can be viewed below.