Thursday, February 14th at 2:00 PM at Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe NM, 87501

Sacred Spaces – From Temple to Synagogues: Absence and Presence

(90 mins.) (Dir. Celia Lowenstein)

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This unique film tells the story of the remarkable 3,000 year history of the Jewish Diaspora through their places of worship. Although millions of Jews were persecuted or killed because of their religion and many Jewish communities no longer exist, their synagogues should have also disappeared, but they did not. If synagogues could speak, they would tell the story that is embodied in Sacred Spaces – that it is in the Jewish sense of community, and the buildings where Jews assemble that transmit and connect the Jewish values of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. From Temple to Synagogues begins in Jerusalem at the intersection of Asia, Africa and Europe, the birthplace of the first monotheistic religion, Judaism. Starting with the most revered and evocative shrine of all, Mount Moriah (currently known as the Temple Mount), Lowenstein explores the historic destruction and reconstruction of the Western Wall and its importance to Jews throughout the World.

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I’ve had the opportunity to preview this superb video and recommend it for all to see. The film is artfully filmed and it’s superb writing, sensitive editing and engaging historical theme makes it a compelling documentary for Jews and non-Jews alike. Starting with a brief history of the Western Wall in Jerusalem and concluding with a visual tour of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of Beth Sholom Congregation synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (suburb of Phila.) the presentation is a compelling examination of the some of Judaism’s first places of worship as well as a tour of the few remarkable synagogues that remained after WW II.

Comment by DAVID M. MILLER — January 26, 2019 @ 12:08 pm

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