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...

Where Do Jews Draw the Lions?

This Pesach we ask the question, when it comes to decoration, where do Jews draw the lion(s)? The answer is: seemingly everywhere! Here is a mid 19th-century pewter repousse seder plate from Germany (OK, it’s not Lithuanian, but we couldn’t resist) inscribed with a...

Mural Featured in Moment Magazine

We are delighted that the mural is featured in the March/April issue of Moment magazine. You can read the story about Jewish Vermont and the mural in the print edition, or see it online here.  Thank you editors of Moment for recognizing the history and the power of the Lost Shul...

The Mural Was For Women and Children, Too!

A significant feature of the Burlington mural is how visible it was for the women and children of Congregation Chai Adam.  They could see and enjoy the work from their seats in the galleries attached to the sides of the long and relatively narrow sanctuary.  The mural was...
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