From One Mural to Another

Decalogue in front of curtains and a crown.  Who painted it? An elderly relative of Rabbi Small who saw the photos said: “As far Before Rabbi Amy Joy Small joined Congregation Ohavi Zedek in 2016, she didn’t think much about synagogue murals. But she was immediately taken by the...

Jewniverse and Hadassah Magazine Promote the Mural

The Lost Shul Mural is really lost no more…it is being celebrated as a summer destination for visitors to Vermont.  This month Jewniverse:  Strange Dispatches from Jewish Culture and Hadassah Magazine both ran articles  on the mural with color pictures. Here are the links:...

College Classes Now Visiting Mural

This past spring saw an increase in unsolicited and unscheduled visits to the mural, but the Project Team has also begun to work with educational institutions to schedule visits in conjunction with college and university courses. The mural is a complex work, and it can be a nexus...

Blue Skies

Blue Skies In 1926, Irving Berlin famously wrote of “Blue skies, nothing but blue skies …” in his still-popular song, written for the short-lived musical Betsy. The song was more popular than the show, and in the 1920s Blue Skies was one of the most recorded and sung songs in...

Mural Project Outreach in Lithuania

On a recent trip to Lithuania, project advisor Sam Gruber gave a lecture about the Lost Mural Project at Vilnius University, and  during his week-long visit, he opened discussions with several museums, institutions and NGOs about partnering with the Mural Project in research,...

Sam Gruber Speaks About the Mural at Jerusalem Conference

Mural Project art and history advisor Dr. Samuel Gruber recently spoke about the art, history, rescue and preservation of the mural at an international workshop about synagogue wall painting held at the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. You can...

Consul General of Israel for New England Visits Mural

Labor Day is past, and the Lost Shul Mural Team is gearing up to continue work on restoration and exhibition. Many people visited the mural this summer. Our most recent distinguished guests were Israeli Consul General to New England Yehuda Yaakov and wife Ofra who toured the...

Mural Featured at Jerusalem Conference

Next week the history and art of our Chai Adam Mural will be featured at the important International Workshop on Synagogue Wall Paintings at the Center for Jewish Art (Hebrew University) in Jerusalem. Art/History advisor Dr. Samuel Gruber will present on the mural and also chair...

Famed Vilna-born Painter Samuel Bak Visits Mural

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue and the Mural Project Team were thrilled to welcome renowned painter Samuel Bak to the mural last month. Bak, who was born in Vilna, and as a boy survived the Vilna Ghetto,is today widely considered the foremost interpreter of Holocaust memory in painting....

Times of Israel Features Mural in “Epic” Article

This week the Times of Israel ran a long and substantial story by Rich Tenorio about the Lost Shul Project. The author interviewed many of the participants of the project and he also made good use on the ever-expanding material on this website. For a detailed overview of the...