Synagogues in Lithuania
Editors: Aliza Cohen- Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaite and Jurgita Šiauciūnaitė-Verbickienė (Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2010-2012).
First volume: 333 pages, with 501 color illustrations
Price: Out of print!
Second Volume: 472 pages, with 759 color illustrations
Price: Out of print!
This publication offers a catalogue of the extant synagogues in Lithuania: 96 buildings in 59 cities and towns, among them 17 synagogues built of wood. Until World War II there were about 1,000 Jewish prayer houses in Lithuania, while today only 10% exist, many abandoned and in different state of deterioration. Only three synagogues are active.
The catalogue consists of 59 geographical entries. Each entry includes a short overview of the history of the Jewish community in the town where a synagogue is preserved, comprehensive information about the vanished synagogues in that town and a detailed description of the extant synagogue building or buildings. The entries are richly illustrated with archival historical photographs and architectural designs of the synagogues, and recent documentation of the extant buildings with measured architectural drawings. The catalogue has two introductory articles: “Synagogues in Lithuania: A Historical Overview” by Dr. Vladimir Levin and “Synagogue Architecture in Lithuania” by Dr. Sergey Kravtsov.
The catalogue includes the following entries:
Alanta, Alsėdžiai, Alytus, Anykščiai, Balbieriškis, Biržai, Čekiškė, Daugai, Eišiškės, Jonava, Joniškėlis, Joniškis, Kaltinėnai, Kalvarija, Kaunas, Kėdainiai, Klaipėda, Krekenava, Kupiškis, Kurkliai, Laukuva, Lazdijai, Linkuva, Lygumai, Marijampolė, Merkinė,
Pakruojis, Panevėžys, Pasvalys, Plungė, Prienai, Pušalotas, Raguva, Ramygala, Rietavas, Rozalimas, Salantai, Seda, Šeta, Šiauliai, Šilalė, Simnas, Širvintos, Skaudvilė, Švėkšna, Telšiai, Tirkšliai, Troškūnai, Ukmergė, Utena, Vabalninkas, Veisiejai, Vilnius, Vištytis, Žagarė, Zarasai, Žasliai, Žemaičių Naumiestis, Žiežmariai.
CD-Rom: The Great Synagogue in Ostrog Price:
$18.00 (including shipment)
This CD-Rom contains a presentation of the history and architecture of the famous Great Synagogue in Ostrog, Ukraine, including three-dimensional computer models of the building. The presentation is available in English, Hebrew, Russian and German. The CD-Rom also contains a written description from the Jerusalem Index of Jewish Art.
Ingathering of the Nations.
Treasures of Jewish Art: Documenting an Endangered Legacy
By Ariella Amar and Ruth Jacoby
In English and Hebrew.
140 pages, with 113 color illustrations
This handsome publication, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the State of Israel, is a sampling of remarkable finds from 10 countries
showing the variety and beauty of the Jewish artistic tradition. The photographs are
supplemented by a general introduction by Prof. Bezalel Narkiss, an introduction to each
country, and condensed descriptions of each object with the preliminary results of
Of special interest are the photos of Jewish art and
architecture taken in Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa. The endangered Jewish
communities in these regions have undergone massive upheavals in the 20th century and, often, the Center's documentation is the last witness that Jews once thrived
Table of Contents:
||1. Ancient Israel
Antisemitic Hate Signs in Hebrew Illuminated
Manuscripts from Medieval Germany
by Ruth Mellinkoff
158 pages, 92 illustrations
In this provocative book Dr. Ruth Mellinkoff suggests that although manuscripts were
executed under the supervision of Jewish scribes for Jewish patrons, the art work was
carried out by Christian artists, who inserted signs of their loathing of Jews.
Antisemitism was so ingrained in the cultural givings of the period, that neither scribes
nor patrons saw them for the hate signs which in fact they were. Dr. Mellinkoff is
renowned as one of the few scholars who prove that the unusual is commonplace in artistic
Afghanistan: The Synagogue and the Jewish Home
edited by Zohar Hanegbi and Bracha Yaniv
220 pages, 167 illustrations, 30 in color
A fascinating and colorful tribute to the unique and little-known Jewish community from
Afghanistan. This handsome book includes explanatory and historical material in both
English and Hebrew, as well as documentation of 76 items.
Collector's Edition: Add to your library one of the exclusive
volumes of the 500 cloth-bound and numbered copies with a special colophon for collectors
and supporters of this book ($60.00).
From Dura to Rembrandt: Studies in the History of Art
by Rachel Wischnitzer.
216 pages, 96 illustrations, 3 in color
Out of print
This compilation of 19 articles by the doyenne of historians of Jewish Art celebrates
her life and work. Included also is the life story of Rachel Wischnitzer as told by
Professor Bezalel Narkiss and a full bibliography of her writing by Professor Rochelle
Ancient Synagogues: Architectural Glossary
by Ruth Jacoby and Rina Talgam
32 pages, 65 illustrations, paperback
This convenient research tool provides terminology for the researcher of
ancient architecture and specifically the synagogues of Israel. The booklet is divided
into four sections: Illustrated Architectural Glossary, Architectural Terms, Glossary of
Techniques and an Illustrated List of Decorative Terms.
Hebrew Inscriptions and Their Translations
by Bracha Yaniv, Zohar Hanegbi and Shalom Sabar
49 pages, paperback
A compilation of suggested English translations of Hebrew inscriptions found on
ceremonial objects worldwide. Its contents include entries under the following headings:
Term of Divinity, Verses and Sayings, Synagogues and Ceremonial Objects, Cycle of the
Year, Life Cycle and the Community.
Ohel Moshe: The Synagogue and its Ritual Objects
by Yosef Katz, Tamar Moscovitz, Tamar Manor, Naomi Fuechtwanger and Chaya Friedberg.
Published in cooperation with Misgav Yerushalayim.
94 pages, 130 illustrations, 3 in color
Out of print
This volume was published in celebration of the centennial of the Sephardi neighborhood
and its synagogue built outside the city walls of Jerusalem in commemoration of Sir Moses
Montefiore. The first part of the book tells the history of the neighborhood with plans
and reproductions of many documents; the second part describes the synagogue and a
depiction of the ritual objects foun within.
The World Directory of Jewish Museums
170 pages, softcover
This handy guide was compiled by the Center for Jewish Art researchers as they traveled
worldwide to document Jewish art. With 188 entries from 37 countries, it is the most
complete listing to date, including little-known collections in the former USSR and
Eastern Europe, as well as numerous museums in Western Europe and North America. Wherever
possible, telephone and fax numbers, contact people and information pertaining to the
collections and museum activities are provided.
Hebrew Language Publications
Between Judaism and Islam in the Mirror of Art
Edited by Shalom Sabar
72 pages, 73 illustrations, 47 in color
This publication is a compilation of the lectures delivered at the twenty-seventh
annual Passover Conference of the Society for Jewish Art held in 1995. The conference
sought to examine different aspects of the artistic encounter and the mutual influences
between the visual cultures of the Jewish and the Arab peoples from the Middle Ages until
the present. The lectures are fully noted and have accompanying photos.
- Rabbi Yochanan Fried
- "Faithfulness and Truth Meet, Justice and Well Being Kiss"
- Ariela Amar
- Moses and Musa: Moses Stories in the Musa Nama
- Aviva Muller-Lancet
- The Specifity of Jewish Women's Veil in Baghdad
- Ra'ya Shani
- Jewish-Muslim Encounter in Iran and its Magic Aspect
- Rachel Hasson
- Hebrew Inscriptions on Islamic Objects from Medieval Iran
- Idit Pinchas
- The Baghdadi Hanukkah Lamp as a Reflection of Jewish-Muslim Relations
- Na'ama Brosh
- Jewish-Muslim Damascene Work
- Ronit Sorek
- Asim Abu-Shakra: Between the Cactus Fruit ("Sabres") and the "Sabra"
- Shlomit Steinberg
- The Time of the Camel: the Concept of the Orient in David Reeb's Work