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Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe

November 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

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November 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm



November 11, 2021
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Temple Beth Sholom
40-25 Fair Lawn Ave
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 United States
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(201) 797-9321

Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe

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Date: Thursday, November 11

Lecture: 10:30 AM; Lunch: 12:00 PM

Location: Temple Beth Sholom, 40-25 Fair Lawn Ave, Fair Lawn, NJ

Historians have estimated that 80% of all European Jews can trace their ancestors back to the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania. Until the modern era, Jews prayed in wooden synagogues. Large wooden synagogues were works of art that did not survive the Holocaust. The presentation attempts to bring them back to life and make us proud of our Jewish history before the Partition of Poland. Bill will have samples of his linocuts and woodcuts, which replicate the original wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe.

About Bill Farran

Combining his love for art and history, Bill Farran started on a journey of exploring Eastern Europe’s forgotten Wooden Synagogues. Although all of them were destroyed by the end of the Holocaust, Bill’s research through photographs, drawings, and stories has allowed him to recreate these “Lost Treasures” as linocuts and woodcuts. Bill has shown his art and given lectures on Jewish History around the United States and in Poland. The Bialystok Opera House exhibited Bill’s artwork during the 75th anniversary of the Bialystok Ghetto Uprising. The San Diego Repertory Theatre used Bill’s Linocuts of Wooden Synagogues during the showing of the Dybbuk.­­­­­­­­­­ Bill’s “Lost Souls Over the Shtetl” was used as a backdrop in Yiddishpiel Yiddish Theater in Israel for its production of The Sorceress by Abraham Goldfaden.

Event Details

In-person option: Doors open at 10 AM. The lecture begins at 10:30 in the sanctuary. Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM in the main room with socially distanced tables. If the weather allows, we will offer outdoor lunch table options. In-person tickets cost $5 and can be paid in advance online or in cash in person.

Zoom participation: This program will be live-streamed on Zoom for free for those who register in advance.

This program is co-sponsored by JCC of Northern NJ and Hadassah – Pascack Valley Chapter. All are welcome. No membership is required.


To register online, click the green button below. To register by phone, call 201-666-6610 ext 1. For questions, contact [email protected]. Registration is now closed.