Dear Friends of the Lost Shul Mural,
After years of dedicated effort, months of intricate planning and an international outpouring of your generous support we are pleased to announce that the Lost Shul Mural was successfully moved to Ohavi Zedek this morning!
Our deep thanks and appreciation go out to the phenomenal efforts of the build team consisting of general contractors Great North Construction Inc., engineers Engineering Ventures PC, movers Demag Movers & Riggers, steel experts Reliance Steel, plaster experts at MCC Materials Inc., architect Marcel Beaudin and conservators Connie Silver and Rick Kerschner. The move was executed flawlessly and far quicker than anticipated due to their diligence and planning.
The mural, wrapped in its protective casings is now in Ohavi Zedek Synagogue’s lobby. Over the next week final work, including painting of the steel frame, will take place before the mural is lifted into its position of honor after Wednesday next week. At that point the slow and careful process of removing the protective coverings and checking for any move-related damage will begin while both buildings are put back together again.
The unveiling of the mural will not take place until this summer once the mural is fully revealed again. We will be having a celebration in July and will be in
touch at a future date with details.
In the meantime, we thank you for your continued interest and support. Each of you who have made a gift, small or large, have contributed to the successful completion of this first major step of the project. As planning and fundraising continues for the next phase, the restoration of the mural to its original form, we will keep you informed. We still need your support, to make an additional donation please visit lostshulmural.org/donate.
Special thanks go to Offenhartz, Inc. for the donation of the mural in memory of Michael Offenhartz and for allowing us access to work towards this day over the last three years. This project would not have been possible without the understanding and support of the Offenhartz family. Also, special gratitude is extended to the David Berg Foundation for their early support of the project aiding us in reaching our funding goals to make the move happen.
Keep watching our Facebook feed for updated photos and videos of the move, more content will be posted in the coming days.
The Lost Shul Mural Committee