2018-01-03 / Voice at the Shore

Film highlights restoration of Polish synagogue


This magnificent reconstruction of the ceiling of an 18th century Polish synagogue, on display at a Jewish museum in Warsaw, is the subject of a documentary film shown at this month’s JCC Brunch & Learn. 
Photo by Josh Cutler. This magnificent reconstruction of the ceiling of an 18th century Polish synagogue, on display at a Jewish museum in Warsaw, is the subject of a documentary film shown at this month’s JCC Brunch & Learn. Photo by Josh Cutler. “Raise the Roof,” a new feature film about the reconstruction of an 18th century synagogue in Poland, will be shown at the next JCC Brunch & Learn program on January 18 at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Jonathan Kremer from Shirat Hayam in Ventnor will also speak at the brunch.

“Raise the Roof” documents a couple as they set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue in Poland. Their decision to embark on the project was inspired by images of the magnificent wooden synagogues of 18th century Poland.

The movie shows how a team of 300 artisans and students from around the world reconstructed the ceiling and roof of the Gwozdziec synagogue using only period hand tools and techniques. The show-stopping reconstruction was unveiled as the centerpiece of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw.

The JCC Brunch & Learn costs $3 for members and $5 for guests when paid in advance; $5 for members and $8 for guests on the day of the program. To register, please call (609) 822-1167. This program is funded in part by a generous donation from Marc Neuman, ChFC of Lighthouse Planning Consultants. s

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