Lost Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe

Answering a question from Dr. Fred Samuels of Rechovot regarding Synagogue architecture, I noticed that The Lost Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe (Carl Hersh, 1999) is available online for free. I think it’s especially appropriate viewing for the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av. Beautifully narrated by Theodor Bikel, the film documents the beauty and grandeur of these delicate structures made entirely of wood, unfortunately largely destroyed by the Nazis. You can view the film here: https://vimeo.com/261400925

The documentary won a few awards, and I am really proud to have worked with such a fantastic team, led by producer Albert Barry. Here’s a screenshot from the film, depicting the young historian they worked with back in 1999. Nice glasses.

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