Jewish Study Center Presents: "The Odyssey of the Lost Mural" - A Free Community-Wide Educational Zoom Program

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"The Odyssey of The Lost Mural"

A Free Community Wide Educational Zoom Program
Sponsored by The Jewish Study Center

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
7 PM - 8:15 PM

Join us on Wednesday, June 24th from 7:00-8:15 PM to learn of the amazing story of Burlington, Vermont's "Little Jerusalem," its Lost Mural, and the community that has kept watch over it for 110 years.

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Beginning in the late 19th century, Burlington, Vermont became the unlikely location of a community of Jews from Cekiske, Lithuania. Their presence in this remote New England town was so remarkable that it became known as "Little Jerusalem,” a transplanted Lithuanian shtetl. Two native sons of Burlington, Aaron Goldberg, a retired lawyer, and Jeff Potash, former professor of history at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont, will recount the history of Burlington's Jewish Community and the story of its Lost Mural. The Lost Mural was painted in 1910 in Burlington's Chai Adam Synagogue by Ben Zion Black, a talented artist and immigrant to Burlington from Kovno, Lithuania.

The large, heavy Lost Mural, hidden from view behind a protective false wall, was rediscovered in 1986. After a multi-phase five-year planning effort and an extraordinary feat of architectural, conservation and engineering planning. it was stabilized, extracted and transported from its initial synagogue home to Burlington's Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in 2015. A campaign is now in progress to restore the unknown and lost colors of the mural to their original vibrancy. The Lost Mural is a rare example of the Eastern European tradition of synagogue wall paintings -- and a legacy which Aaron and Jeff are proudly working to restore and make more widely known through an educational initiative.
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