The Burlington mural was commissioned in 1910 by the Chai Adam congregation, a group that had broken off from Burlington’s first Orthodox congregation, Ohavi Zedek, nearly twenty-five years earlier. (In 1939 the two groups would reunite). The painter, Ben-Zion Black, probably made drawings and perhaps small watercolor or oil versions of the result you see here, but thus far we have not been able to locate any of them. Local tradition says that Black painted the mural in six months for a fee of $200. He probably used temporary scaffolding and painted directly onto the pre-existing plaster walls and ceiling, possibly painted blue, using an oil-based paint.