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Sunday Cinema: Raise the Roof

Sunday Cinema: Raise the Roof

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 2:00 pm

4 Weeks in February | 4 Films About Jewish Journeys 

4 Special Speakers Leading 4 Post-Show Discussions

Each film $18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students & Spertus alumni
Buy tickets online below or by phone at 312.322.1773.
Includes film series opening reception.

The best vengeance against evildoers is to
restore some of the beauty they thought they
had destroyed forever.
—Boston Globe

Beginning in 2004, artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio set out to reconstruct the magnificent, mural-covered, 18th-century Gwozdziec synagogue, destroyed — as were all the wooden synagogues of Poland — by the Nazis. Working with hundreds of students and artisans from 16 countries and using only period hand tools and techniques, this remarkable project took ten years to complete. In 2014, the show-stopping reconstruction of the Gwozdziec synagogue roof was unveiled as the centerpiece of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

In Raise the Roof, filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky bring you behind-the-scenes on this improbable and inspiring journey.

Chicago Premiere! 

Watch the trailer

Stay for a post-show discussion with Kayla Ginsburg, a student who worked on the project, and Charlie Roderick, one of the project's team leaders. Then join us for a film series opening reception.

A note about schedule: February 7 is Superbowl Sunday. This program will be over in time for you to be home on your couch (or in front of the big screen at your favorite watering hole) before kick off.

Sunday Cinema Film Series

See all four films! 

Raise the Roof
February 7 at 2 pm

Carvalho's Journey
February 14 at 2 pm

Camera Obscura
February 21 at 2 pm

How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire
February 28 at 2 pm


Series Sponsors
The Wilkow Family
Krueck + Sexton Architects

Film Sponsor
Central Building & Preservation

Viki & Tom Rivkin

Films provided by

The National Center for Jewish Film