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Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

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Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:00 pm


This event took place at

Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism
1221 County Line Road, Highland Park


Kabbalah in Art and Architecture by Alexander GorlinKabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition that stretches back at least 3,500 years. It views the universe as a vast interconnected system of forces in which the actions of God and mankind reverberate in mysterious ways. In his beautiful new book, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, Alexander Gorlin draws on a wide array of historical materials and stunning examples from contemporary painting, sculpture, and architecture to illustrate how Kabbalah has left an unmistakable mark on our civilization. He was joined by scholar David Shyovitz for a thought-provoking conversation.

Copies of Kabbalah in Art and Architecture are on sale now at the Spertus Shop. Alexander Gorlin also signed books following the program.

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture by Alexander GorlinAlexander Gorlin is a noted architect, design critic, author, and scholar. His internationally recognized firm — Alexander Gorlin Architects — specializes in design for religious institutions. He has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

David Shyovitz is an Assistant Professor of History
at Northwestern University, with a joint appointment
at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.


Main Image Above:
Temple Beth El of North Westchester, New York
Designed by Louis Kahn, 1972
Addition/Renovation by Alexander Gorlin, 2011
Photo by Durston Saylor / Courtesy Alexander Gorlin Architects
From Kabbalah in Art and Architecture
Published by Pointed Leaf Press

This program is part of Kallah, a series of free Jewish adult education courses available on the Northshore in February. Spertus Institute is proud to again partner with the North Shore Chavurah of Rabbis as a Kallah co-sponsor.

National Jewish Book Award Winner

Mazel Tov to Alexander Gorlin for having Kabbalah in Art and Architecture selected as the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Visual Arts!

Musings on a Structure for Heaven

The New York Times spoke
with architect and author
Alexander Gorlin about
Kabbalah in Art and Architecture.
Read the interview >

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