Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Long-hidden mural revealed at Burlington synagogue

The “Lost Shul” Mural now hangs in the entrance of the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington
VERMONT---Painted over a century ago in the style of the richly decorated murals that once adorned hundreds of wooden Synagogues across Eastern Europe, it is a unique piece – the finest surviving example of this Lithuanian-Jewish art form in the world, said Jewish art historian Samuel Gruber. Two heraldic lions flank the decalogue, holding up the tablets with their forepaws. This, Gruber said, is a traditional symbol found in numerous works of Jewish art. The lions represent the Jewish people, supporting and defending the Torah, he said. [link]