The Chai Adam mural a precious link between old world and new ; Rampant lions and the law revealed : the Chai Adam mural at the intersection of art, memory, and history / Samuel D. Gruber.
"In 1910 the Chai Adam Synagogue, located in Burlington, Vermont, hired Ben Zion Black, an artist from Kovno, Lithuania, to paint a mural in the sanctuary above the Ark in the then-common style of Eastern European Jewish folk art. This forgotten artistic genre of painted synagogues is illustrative of the desire of the immigrant refugees to channel their sacred memories of their Eastern European traditions. Encased behind a wall in 1986 for protection, the Lost Shul Mural was uncovered in 2012, and an international campaign initiated to save it. In his two lectures [at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue], Dr. Gruber connects the Lost Shul Mural to the lost worlds of Eastern European Judaism and of the late-19th and early-20th American immigrant Jewish experience. He carefully identifies and describes the multiple symbols and images represented in the mural and relates these to fragments and photographs of other works known to have existed in synagogues across Eastern Europe and North America. Dr. Gruber articulates why the Lost Shul Mural must survive as a symbol of a larger legacy of Jewish culture that was largely destroyed in the Holocaust" -- Container.
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