Many of the design decisions were derived from the needs of the synagogue for an inexpensive structure that would last for years to come and could hold large groups for gathering.
The structure was comprised of repurposed wood from the Rebuilding Center, which allowed us to remain under budget for the project. The other materials included burlap sewn over hemp rope and the many plants gathered by congregation members to be strung about in the overhead canopy and attached to the structure. Other design decisions came directly from the rules for the Jewish holiday regarding construction of the sukkah itself (i.e. the roof must be made from something that once grew in the earth but is no longer attached to the ground).