In November of 2013 Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, an internationally recognized expert on Jewish art and the historic preservation of Jewish sites and monuments, delivered two lectures at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue detailing the importance of the Lost Shul Mural. Both lectures can be viewed online at the links below.

To purchase a copy of both lectures on DVD through Ohavi Zedek Synagogue please call (802) 864-0218 or send an e-mail to Tari Santor. DVD’s cost $20 plus $2 for S&H with all proceeds supporting the Lost Shul Mural Restoration Project.

The Chai Adam Mural: A Precious Link Between Old World and New – November 9th, 2013

On this 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, we remember a world destroyed from 1938-45; but we also recognize through the power of the Lost Shul Mural the reality of survival, renewal, and restoration.  The Lost Shul Mural is a rediscovered time capsule from a Jewish history lost through the destruction of the Holocaust and the modernization of American Jews. This illustrated talk introduces the history, art, and iconography of the mural in the context of Eastern European Judaism and the realities and aspirations of Jewish American immigrants.  Today, these aspirations include the plans of the Jewish, arts, and historic preservation communities to save the mural for future generations as part of a decades- long and growing international interest in protecting and preserving Jewish art, history, and Holocaust remembrance.

Rampant Lions and the Law Revealed: The Chai Adam Synagogue Mural at the Intersection of Art, Memory & History – November 10th, 2013

This illustrated talk further develops themes from the previous evening but broadens the topic to discuss the why and how of Jewish heritage preservation since the Holocaust, and how it serves specific local communities and can also resonate widely among many religious and cultural groups.   The art of the mural addresses themes of Jewish religious belief, practice, and identity in 1910.  The restoration project embodies many of these same values, but also reflects 21st-century realities of Jewish life and culture in Eastern Europe and America.

Samuel D. Gruber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on Jewish art and the historic preservation of Jewish sites and monuments.  He is director of Gruber Heritage Global and, since 1994, lecturer in Judaic Studies at Syracuse University.  He received his BA in Medieval Studies from Princeton University, his Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from Columbia University, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome, where he won the prestigious Rome Prize in Art History.  Gruber was founding director of the Jewish Heritage Program of World Monuments Fund, has consulted on cultural heritage projects for numerous organizations and institutions, and served as Research Director of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad from 1998 through 2008.  He is author of American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community (2003) and Synagogues (1999) and numerous published reports and articles as well as the blog Samuel Gruber’s Jewish Art & Monuments.