KEEPING THE FAITH IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
Agudas Achim will offer Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat services via zoom on the second Friday night of each month at 7:30 pm. Check our calendar for the dates in 5781.
Join the Rabbi Pomerantz, the Levins and members of our congregation as we keep the faith during the coronavirus crisis.
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Eric Mendelsohn: Synagogue Architect with a Vision
Presented by Michael Palmer
via zoom Monday November 30 @ 7 PM
Between the years 1946 and 1953, the American, German-Jewish architect Eric Mendelsohn designed seven synagogues in the Midwest, four of which were actually built. Mendelsohn’s synagogues were a crowning conclusion of his career. In his book, Eric Mendelsohn’s Synagogues in America, photographer Michael Palmer records in detail these four Mendelsohn synagogues, located in Saint Paul, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids. Palmer will employ his photographs as the foundation for a discussion about Mendelsohn, his Jewish identity, and his architectural mission. Palmer will also explain how the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 affected Mendelsohn’s plans and how Mendelsohn sought to create radically new architectural solutions for American houses of worship that uniquely met the functional, social, and spiritual demands of their respective, diverse Jewish communities.
MICHAEL CRAIG PALMER. Michael Palmer is a photographer whose work has explored the architectural legacy and relevance of the German Jewish exodus from Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. His first photo book documents previously ignored aspects of 1930s buildings in Tel Aviv’s historic “White City” district, a center for German and other central European refugees in the 1930s. Palmer’s most recent work focuses on the buildings of the noted German Jewish architect Eric Mendelsohn, including Mendelsohn’s breakthrough Einstein Tower near Berlin, synagogues in Saint Louis, Cleveland, Saint Paul and Grand Rapids, as well as his buildings in Israel. Michael began his photography career in 2015 with the Tel Aviv White City project. Previously, he had a career in pharmaceutical industry research and development.