Hill Havurah is sponsoring a screening and discussion of Raise the Roof, the inspiring and moving story of the reconstruction of an 18th Century synagogue in Poland.
Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit -- to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II, when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. The Gwoździec roof was unveiled in 2014 as the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
On March 24th at 7:30 pm we will host a Zoom meeting with Rick and Laura Brown, who in 2002 co-founded Handshouse Studio, which has gained international recognition for its pedagogical method of connecting people and institutions.
In order to be able to view the film before the 24th, you must register with your email address. Following registration, you will be given a secure website and password to view the film. The film will be available to our members for a period of four weeks (February 22nd-March 23rd). We hope you will join us for this very special program.