Exhibit Reviews: Model Synagogues, Modeling Community
The Other Side of the Curtain
A Haggada with Hebrew, Russian and English translations is one of many artifacts featured alongside photos and quotes from Soviet Jewish refugees in an exhibition that examines community efforts in the late-20th-century to resettle Jews from the former Soviet Union into new lives in Richmond, Virginia. Through December 15 at Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives in Richmond. —Anne Dreyfuss
Modeling the Synagogue: From Dura to Touro
The 10 intricate scale models of historic synagogues on display were designed by leading scholars and historians in 1973. The magnificent architectural details and materials closely resemble the original structures: authentic-looking windows and lamps that reveal the vast geographic Jewish world across the centuries and continents.
Included are Tempio Israelitico (19th-century Florence, above), Dura Europos (third-century Syria) and Beit Alpha (sixth-century Galilee).
Also displayed are photographs, maps, architectural plans, letters, original artifacts, books, manuscripts and a digital reconstruction of an ancient Sefardic synagogue. Through May 17 at Yeshiva University Museum, New York. —Sara Trapper-Spielman