It is possible to be awestruck by the exotic splendor of this meticulously restored sanctuary.

Edward Rothstein, New York Times




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Exposed Lath Wall

Segment of original 1887 wall left unrestored in 2007

A glimpse of a less glamorous chapter of the building’s history is revealed by a section of the balcony wall that has been left unrestored. Here layers of lath, plaster and brick are visible, revealing the bones of the building and offering a unique view of what is usually hidden behind a finished plaster wall. Century-old pieces of horsehair, used to bind the plaster, can be found as well. In Judaism there is a tradition of leaving a small section of a synagogue unfinished in memory of the Temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed. This exposed lath wall has been left as a reminder of what can happen to a building over time, as well as a testimony of how far the synagogue has come, illustrating the full cycle of creation, decline and rebirth.

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