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American Synagogues and Jewish Identity

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American Synagogues and Jewish Identity

Expressions of Jewish Culture — Part 2

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Took place at the
Evanston Art Center

1717 Central Street, Evanston

Spertus Institute brought three renowned Jewish art experts to Evanston to share fascinating examples of the ways Judaism and Jewish culture has been expressed through the arts.

Session 2 — American Synagogues and Jewish Identity

Jews have built synagogues in America at a higher rate then any time or place Jews have lived before. In the process they have both integrated the synagogue into the American architectural landscape and Judaism into the American cultural mainstream. Dr. Samuel Gruber led an exploration of the evolving form and meaning of the American synagogue to discover a window into the changing experiences of American Jews.

Dr. Samuel GruberDr. Samuel Gruber is a renowned art historian and architecture preservationist who teaches in the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University. For more than twenty years he has been a leader in the documentation and protection of Jewish cultural heritage sites around the world. He is President of the International Survey of Jewish Monuments, Research Director of the US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, and Former Director of the Jewish Heritage Council of the World Monuments Fund. His most recent book is American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community.

Image at left

Eldrich Street Synagoge. Courtesy Eldrich Street Synagoge Museum.

Session Information

Jewish Manuscript Illumination
Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 to 8 pm
With Dr. Marc Michael Epstein

Former Director of Hebrew Books
and Manuscripts Division, Sotheby’s

American Synagogues and Jewish Identity
Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm
With Dr. Samuel Gruber

(See bio below left)

The Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup
Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8 pm
With Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit

Director of Jewish Cultural Arts at GW, Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for History