Jewish Federation "Chuppah" Canopy

An iconic sculptural canopy at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Jewish Federation "Chuppah" Canopy

An iconic sculptural canopy at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Jewish Federation "Chuppah" Canopy

An iconic sculptural canopy at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Wolf Partners was tasked with

designing an iconic and sculptural canopy which punctuates the arrival to the soon-to-be renovated Jewish Federation campus.
The key design objectives were to

"reference Jewish Tradition through materiality and form"

while maintaining an open and welcoming entrance to the pre-function space beyond.


Wolf Partners drew inspiration

from the Jewish “Chuppah”, the canopy under which Jews are wed.

Traditional "Chuppah" Inspiration

The chuppah is traditionally situated outdoors, and it symbolizes a new home. The openness on four sides is a reference to hospitality towards one’s guests, and the canopy covering represents God’s presence and protection.

The Star of David is tessellated into a hexagram on the underside of the canopy, punctured with skylights and extruded to varying depths to create the catenary shape that a traditional cloth chuppah takes.

"I hope I have an opportunity to explain this gift to my grandchildren one day"
  • Mitchell Epstein, Jewish Federation member and donor who sponsored the Epstein Family "Chuppah" canopy.