Canary Wharf builds Biblical tabernacle next to towers reaching the Heavens

PUBLISHED: 16:57 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:57 24 September 2013

Tabernacle erected at Canary Wharf marking the Jewish festival of Sukkot

Tabernacle erected at Canary Wharf marking the Jewish festival of Sukkot


A makeshift tabernacle of Biblical proportions has appeared amid the 21st century skyscraper towers of Canary Wharf.

The tabernacle was erected on Thursday in Canary Wharf’s Montgomery Square to celebrate Sukkot, the seven-day Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which ends tomorrow.

It is being used to host buffet lunches for office workers and the East End’s Jewish community, including members of Stepney Jewish community centre, Dennis centre, Brenner centre, Holocaust Survivors centre and representatives from the East London Synagogues Association.

Canary Wharf Group’s Danny Seliger said: “The Tabernacle is a special celebration in Canary Wharf and one of the highlights of our calendar.”

The tabernacle, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox architects and built by Canary Wharf Contractors, represents the 40 years of the Children of Israel wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt 3,500 years ago and living in temporary shelters before reaching the Promised Land. Sukkot is also the harvest gathering season which ends Thursday and Friday with a second festival marking the giving of the Ten Commandments.

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