Jewish temple in Grand Rapids is filled with art honors creation, preservation

By John Kissane
Detail of the Tiffany window at Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids. (Eric Tank)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI---Temple Emanuel sits on Fulton Street, in a tree-lined neighborhood filled with brick houses. Recently, I parked my car in the back lot and walked past the playground, noting the stickers on the windows, which depicted Jewish symbols; walked past the inviting patio, where white hydrangea threatened to overtake the benches; and walked up to the entrance, where a single work of art -- a sculpture by Calvin Albert -- stood sentry. The dark bronze sculpture, titled "Burning Bush," did have something fiery in its twists and folds. A nearby plaque advised that Albert was born in Grand Rapids, and that the piece had been commissioned by the Temple, where he and his family worshipped. [More]
The place of worship at Temple Emanuel includes a 1,000 square-foot mural by Lucienne Bloch Dimitroff. (Eric Tank)
he first of a series on religious art in Grand Rapids, this article explores the art of Temple Emanuel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the city, including a highly regarded three-dimensional Tiffany window.