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Synagogue tour: Rymanów, Rzeszów

by on 6 Jun 2011

Today (Sunday) was a day off. The timber framers were left to their own devices, and I expect we will hear about their adventures on Monday. The students took a tour of masonry synagogues in the area and some framers chose to come along. In this post, we’ll take a glance at those synagogues. And, on this slow news day, we’ll also take advantage of the generosity of some of our colleagues and their picture contributions (Hint to other members of Team Gwozdziec: We need and greatly appreciate your best pictures, and we will use them. So please go through your catalog, pick out a couple of your finest photos and send them our way).

Rymanów Synagogue. The roof of the 17th Century Synagogue was blown off by the Nazis. The building eventually came under the care of a Chasidic congregation in Brooklyn, New York, which has undertaken a partial restoration.

Looking through the central columns which framed the Bimah (where the Torah was read) towards the East wall and the Aron Ha-Kodesh (the Ark where the Torahs were kept).

Alicja, our Jewish Studies student from Poland, translates and interprets.

The west wall and entrance.

Shots from the Jewish Cemetery at Rymanów

The Small Synagogue at Rzeszów. Burned and rebuilt on multiple occasions, it now serves as an archive

The siding on the gable of the Small Synagogue is simlar to that on the synagogue at Zabludow.

The Great Synagogue at Rzeszów. Built in 1686, it was destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt in 1965, with a new interior and top story, which is used as office space. The building now serves as an art center, and it will be the home of the first  cupola painting session for our project.

Interior west wall of the 1761 synagogue at Łańcut, a center of Chasidism. The Nazis attempted to burn it down in 1939, but it was saved by the local nobleman. Carefully restored Łańcut is one of the few synagogues where you can get an idea of the magnificence of the interior space and furnishings, a real glimpse into a vanished world.

Ceiling vaults at Łańcut

Central columns and base of the Bimah

Biblical scenes and animal iconography

West wall space that held the Aron Ha-Kodesh

Mark looks up into the Bimah space

Vaulting above the Bimah

Thanks to Gerald, Mikkel and Tim for the following photographs.

Site in the rain

Tim, Mez and the roof truss crew worked on Sunday to complete the first truss.

Gerry, Julien and Adam and the beginning of the box frame

From the tower above our office, Mikkel took a shot of early days in the yard

And a later one

Good fences make good neighbors

  1. Rebecca Rickabaugh permalink

    I am so excited each day to see/read the latest post. This endeavor is inspiring and the work you are doing is magnificent – in so many ways. Hello to my son-in-law, Jackson Dubois!

  2. Glad to see you are up and posting, Ed! Krakow was great. I am just back to Italy — and my internet is dead. (Im at a neighbor’s now). I will try to get some of my own stuff up, if I can, techno-wise…. Stay in touch! Ruth

  3. Rabbi Shmuel permalink

    mixed feelings Ed (you know my spin on the matter)

    The Rimanover’s shul? wow! if the walls could talk and R Mendele himself (or his butler/successor R Tzvi Hirsch) could give you the tour

    BYW – take good pictures – I’ll translate – some good stuff!

    much success!

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