Synagogues and their Architecture – May 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Synagogues and their architecture have always been an interest, especially for Hanna. See here her study of the synagogues of Springfield, or here some of the oral histories of the Springfield communities.

Many regrettably are gone and are only  a blessed memory. And now as communities and practices evolve, some shuls are being converted into historical societies and other purposes.

Hiddur mitzvah, beautifying the commandment, has been central to the artistic expression of Jewish people and it is evidenced in the constructions and interiors of synagogues the world over.

May we see our shuls strengthened and rebuilt. As it says in the Talmud:

Do not read your children [banayich], but your builders [bonayich].

Thank you for taking the time to review the list and share with colleagues.


Ken aka Yekutiel
Schoen Books

1.            Angermair, Elisabeth (beitrage). Beth ha-Knesset Ort der Zusammenkunft : Zur Geschichte der Munchner Synagogen, ihrer Rabbiner und Kantoren. Stadtsarchiv Munchen/Buchendorfer, 1999. 220 pp. with many images of the synagogues and architectural plans and religious life in Munich up to the Shoah,what happened to the Rabbis and Cantors during the Shoah, and post Shoah. Very Good. Hardcover .  (277673)        $24.00

2.            (Architecture) Gruber, Sam. American Synagogues A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community. Rizzoli, 2007. 239 pp. beautiful photos and text concerning development of the movement, ex library with markings. Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (256567)          $25.00

3.            (Architecture) Solomon, Susan. Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue. Brandeis, 2009. 214 pp. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (274471)           $10.00

4.            Assis, Yom Tov (essays by) Folberg, Neil (photos). And I Shall Dwell Among Then; Historic Synagogues of the World. NY: Aperture, 2000. 175 pages Filled with color photographs. Marvelous work. Very good. Hardcover .  (265619)               $15.00

5.            Belchetz-Swenson, Sarah (Piechotka M). Revisions Fourteen Drawings in a Portfolio. Johnson Vermont: French Hill Press, 1977. Edition of 500 Printed on 11″ by 14″ Mohawk superfine heavy weight stock suitable for individual framing. Very good. stiff wrapper.
These fourteen drawings were inspired by Wooden Synagogues by M+K Piechotka. These pencil and ink drawings combine architectural elements of the destroyed wooden synagogues of prewar Poland with images of the artist’s children, simple household objects and the landscape of northern Vermont.  (281541)     $150.00

6.            Bothe, Rolf (vorwort). Synagogen in Berlin: Zur Geschichte einer zerstorten Architektur. Berlin: Wellmuth Arenhovel, 1983. large 8vo 224+151 pp. in torn slipcase , sfep . Good +. Hardcover .
Two volumes. Exhibit at Berlin Museum. Vol 1 shows all the synagogues and Vol. 2 their fate under Nazism.  (277427)                $55.00

7.            Bothe, Rolf (vorwort). Synagogen in Berlin: Zur Geschichte einer zerstorten Architektur Zwei Bande. Berlin: Wellmuth Arenhovel, 1983. large 8vo 224+151 pp. in torn slipcase , sfep . Good +. Hardcover .
Two volumes. Exhibit at Berlin Museum. Vol 1 shows all the synagogues and Vol. 2 their fate under Nazism.  (277682)                $53.00

8.            Botta, Mario. The Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center. Gingko, 2001. 142 pp. In Tel Aviv. Very Good. Paperback.  (269101)         $12.00

9.            Brown, Laura and Rick. Gwozdziec re!construction. Handshouse Studio, 2014. 64 pp. many images in color magnificent work of loving dedication to an ideal and honoring the memory of the destroyed wooden synagogues. Very Good. Paperback.
Making/History: The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project, later re-named the Gwozdziec re!construction project was a cooperative effort between Handshouse Studio, the Association of the Jewish Historial Institute of Poland, and POLIN Museum;a reconstruction of a replica of the roof and painted interior cupola of the Gwozdziec synagogue OCLC Number:              896950489  (281540)      $36.00

10.          Cardozo, Rabbi Is. Jessurun (editor). Oldest Synagogue in the New World: Three Centuries of Jewish Life Life in Curacao. Curacao. second edition. 48 pp. filled with pictures. Very Good. Wrapper.  (268465)        $12.00

11.          Cohen, Mushlin Aliza. Synagogenarchitektur in Deutschland. Dokumentation zur Ausstellung ». und ich wurde ihnen zu einem kleinen Heiligtum.« – Synagogen in Deutschland. Imhof, 2008. 272 S., 240 Abb. Good +. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277667)     $36.00

12.          Cohen, Rabbi Mortimer. Beth Sholom Synagogue: A Description and Interpretation. Elkins PArk: 1959. 34 pp. with photographs Shul was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, covers worn. Good. Wrapper.  (271592)          $20.00

13.          Darmstadt U. of Technology et al (eds.). Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction. Birkhauser, 2000. 159 pp. corners, crown bumped. Very Good +. Hardcover .
Incredible computer-generated reconstructions of German synagogues in 12 different cities, including three in Frankfurt destroyed on Reichskristallnacht. Includes DVD.  (281755)          $18.00

14.          Davidovicz, David. Wandmalereien in alten Synagogen. Das Wirken des Malers Elieser Sussmann in Deutschland. Sponholz, 1969. 32 pp. Illustrated and 24 plates. Very Good-. Paperback.  (277685) $27.00

15.          Dettmar, Alexander; Mossinger, Ingrid (hrsg). Alexander Dettmar – Bilder der Erinnerung, zerstorte Synagogen in Deutschland / Painting to remember, Germany’s lost synagogues. Hirmer, 2010. 198 pp. Paintings of the destroyed synagogues in English and German. Very Good. Hardcover .  (277698)     $50.00

16.          Eschwege, Helmut. Die Synagoge in der deutschen Geschichte; Eine Dokumentation. Wiesbaden: Fourier, 1980. 204pp. inscription on tp large 8vo. Very Good. Cloth.
Filled with text and numerous illustrations of German synagogues.  (259501)        $15.00

17.          Fine, Jo Renee (photographs); Wolfe, Gerald (text); Golden, Harry (intro). The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side. NY: NYU Press, 1978. 172 pp. wonderful book, dj worn and torn, sfep. Good +. Hardback & DJ.  (269360)               $10.00

18.          Flint, Janet (foreword and curator). ” and there was light” Studies by Abraham Rattner for the Stained Glass Window, Chicago Loop Synagogue. Smithsonian, 1976. 32 pp. Preparatory studies and explanations of his symbols. Good +. Wrapper.  (249873)         $15.00

19.          Gebauter Aufbruch: Neue Synagogen in Deutschland. Stiftung Baukultur Rheinland-Pfalz, 2010. 152 pp In German. Going through towns/cities and their new synagogues with color photos. Good +. Paperback.  (277680)                $42.00

20.          Genee, Pierre. Wiener Synagogen 1825 – 1938. locker, 1987. 116 pp. filled with images and architectural plans. Very Good. Hardcover .  (277584)              $18.00

21.          Godfrey, Antony. Three Rabbis in a Vicarage: The Story of Belsize Square Synagogue. Larsen Grove, 2005. 360 pp. history of the shul;The Salzberger Years The Kokotek Years and the Mariner Years. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.
Belsize Square Synagogue is a synagogue and Jewish community in Belsize Park, Hampstead, in the London Borough of Camden. It is independen utilizing the tradition of German Liberal Judaism.  (277794)       $15.00

22.          Golz, Reinhard (hrsg). Probleme und Wege der Integration judischer Immigranten: Aus dem Leben der wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft einer Synagogen-Gemeinde. Schneider Verlag, 2007. 177 pp. 21 essays. Very Good. Paperback.  (277676)      $22.00

23.          Grotte, Dr. Alfred (Hg.). Beitrage zir Entwickelung des Synagogenbaues in Deutschland, Bohmen und im ehemaligen Konigtum Polen vom XI. bis Anfang des XIX. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Der Zirkel, 1915. Schoen Books Reprint (2007). 104 pp. ex library with markings and pocket on front end paper page creased, covers smudged, lacks corner part of title page internally clean, reading copy With many illustrations. Good-. Boards.
Same title as Deutsche, bohmische und polnische Synagogentypen OCLC Number:             601598254  (281765)                $75.00

24.          Gruber, Sam (signed by). American Synagogues A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community. Rizzoli, 2007. 239 pp. beautiful photos and text concerning development of the movement, Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (276326)               $40.00

25.          Gruber, Sam. Synagogues (The Great Architecture Series). Metro Books, 1999. 120 pp. tear to dj Jane Trigere’s copy with her signature. Good +. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (281754)        $27.00

26.          Guttmann, Hermann Zvi. Vom Tempel zum Gemeindezentrum: Synagogen im Nachkriegsdeutschland. Athenaum, 1989. 136 pp. filled with pictures of the new synagogues and architectural plans. Very Good-. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277675)     $23.00

27.          Hahn, Joachim. Synagogen in Baden-Wurttemberg. Konrad Theiss, 1987. 127 pp. filled with black and white photos. Good +. Paperback.  (277670)     $24.00

28.          Hanegbi, Zohar. Afghanistan: The Synagogue and the Jewish Home. Center for Jewish Art, 1991. 178 + 44 pp. In English and Hebrew filled with images in color and black and white of ritual objects and fabrics. Very Good. Hardcover .  (276328)           $36.00

29.          Hubka, Thomas. Resplendent Synagogue; Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2003. 236pp. . Magnificent study. Very Good. Hardback & DJ.  (280596)               $83.00

30.          In Memoriam – Pictures of destroyed synagogues. Blue Card, 5721. 20 pp. and two pages of texts by organization that helped Jewish refugees. Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (266531)               $20.00

31.          Israelowitz, Oscar. Synagogues of New York City. NY: Dover, 1982. 83 pp. 8vo. s. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (280719)               $8.00

32.          Jacoby, Ruth. Architectural Glossary Jerusalem Index of Jewish Art Ancient Jewish Synagogues. Jerusalem: Centre for Jewish Art, 1988. 31 pp. 8bo. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (271194)         $24.00

33.          James-Chakraborty, Kathleen. In the Spirit of Our Age: Eric Mendelsohn’s B’nai Amoona Synagogue. Missouri Historical, 2000. 83 pp. filled with illustrations of this important work by refugee architect from Bauhaus movement. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277845)   $15.00

34.          Jarrasse, Dominique. Synagogues. Architecture and Jewish Identity. Vilo, 1991. 173 pp.  beautiful coffee table sized book well researched. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (281651)           $36.00

35.          Jick, Leon. The Americanization of the Synagogue, 1820-1870. Brandeis, 1976. 247 pp. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (255099)     $15.00

36.          Kampf, Avram. Contemporary Synagogue Art Development in the United States 1945-1965. JPS, 1966. 273 pp, dj torn. Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (275960)              $20.00

37.          Kassof, Anita. The Synagogue Speaks. Jewish Museum of Baltimore, 2011. Story of the Lloyd Street Synagogue and its closing, transformation and reopening beautifully told. Very Good. Wrapper.  (242558)      $25.00

38.          Klausner, Samuel Z;Varady, David P; Har Zion Temple (Philadelphia, Pa.). Synagogues without ghettos. Center for Research on the Acts of man,, 1970. 194 pp+ Appendix and the actual questionnaire, study commissioned by Har Zion of Lower Merion Township in Philadelphia of its membership, ex library with markings, typed manuscript. Very Good. library binding.
OCLC Number: 63597624  (271989)         $45.00

39.          Korner, Edmund (erbauerer) Klapheck, Richard (text). Die Synagoge in Essen….Faksimile Ausgabe. Essen: Gesellschaft fur christlich-judische Zusammenarbeit, 1980. facsimile of 1914 edition 104 pp. filled with illustrations and architectural plans, in a box. Very Good. Hardcover .  (269861)            $36.00

40.          Krautheimer, Richard. Mittelalterliche Synagogen. Frankfurter Verlag, 1927. 284 pp. over 100 illustrations , ex library with pocket with smudges to covers and rips tears to end papers and creased pages reading copy. Fair. Cloth.
Important work.  (268657)            $25.00

41.          Krautheimer, Richard. Mittelalterliche Synagogen. Frankfurter Verlag, 1927. 284 pp. over 100 illustrations , new covers, slight library mark tp, first 15 pages creased or dog eared. Good. Cloth.
Important work.  (282036)            $32.00

42.          Krinsky, Carol Herselle. Synagogues of Europe Architecture * History * Meaning. NY: MIT Press, 1985. 457pp. Large 8vo.sfep dj slight tears. Good +. Hardback & DJ.
Monumental work. Basic for study of European synagogues.  (278870)     $18.00

43.          Krinsky. Europas Synagogen Architektur, Geschichte und Bedeutung. DVA, 1988. 448 p. Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277671)     $18.00

44.          Lambert, Phyllis (editor). Fortifications and the Synagogue: The Fortress of Babylon and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo. Weidenfeld and nicolson, 1994. 276 pp. beautifully produced work many color illustrations heavy book. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (269962)             $25.00

45.          Levine, Lee ( editor). Ancient Synagogues Revealed. Detroit: Wayne State, 1982. 199 pp  Filled with illustrations. library markings. Good. Hardcover .  (264040)            $7.00

46.          Lopate, Philip (Commenatry). On Three Pillars: Toirah, Worship, and the Practice of Loving Kindness. The Synagogues of Brooklyn. Powerhouse, 2007. 136 pp. large heavy book a labor of love. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277844)               $18.00

47.          Loslein, Barbara. Geschichte der Heidelberger Synagogen. Universitat Heidelberg, 1992. 120 pp.+ 31 images. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.
(Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universitat Heidelberg. Veroffentlichungen zur Heidelberger Altstadt. Heft 26  (277688)                $30.00

48.          Messinas, Elias. The Synagogues of Salonika and Veroia. Athens: Gavrielides, 1997. 158 pp.. in English and Greek, bottom corner of pages creased ie bumped , inscribed by author, many photos some in color. Good +. Stiff Wrapper.
Unpublished material, photos and architectural drawings recreate over seventy synagogues that existed in the two cities, a few of which still survive.. Gives a history of the Jews of Salonika also.  (277693)  $40.00

49.          Meyers, Eric; et al . Ancient synagogue excavations at Khirbet Shema, Upper Galilee, Israel, 1970-1972 ([Meiron excavation project). American Schools/Duke, 1976. 297 pp. with many plates also. large book. Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277170)     $20.00

50.          Mossinger, Ingrid (hrsg). Bilder der Erinnerung. Zerstorte Synagogen in Deutschland, Painting to remember Germany’s Lost Synagogues 17.2-14.4 2013. Kunstsamllungen Chemnitz Kerber Art, 2013. 198 pp. Paintings of the destroyed synagogues in English and German. Very Good. Hardcover .  (277697)              $50.00

51.          Newman, Aubrey. The United Synagogue 1870-1970. Routledge, 1976. 239 pp. dj very torn at base of spine. Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.
OCLC Number: 59868147  (280386)         $12.00

52.          Parik, Arno (editor). Prague Synagogues. Prague: Jewish Museum Prague, 1986. 117 pp. In Czech English and German filled with color illustrations. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (272187)              $15.00

53.          Goodman, Percival. Percival Goodman: Architect-Planner-Teacher-Painter. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery Columbia University, 2001. 204 pp. Chapters are “The Early Years,” Kenneth Frampton, “The Goodman Brothers and Communitas,” Taylor Stoehr, in the Synagogue Architecture section articles are “The Quest for Community: Percival Goodman and the Design of the Modern American Synagogue,” Kimberly J. Elman, “Article from ‘Commentary’ ” Percival and Paul Goodman, “Portfolio of Synagogues,” “A Client’s Perspective,” Rabbi Martin Freedman. Very Good. Paperback.  (279020)        $20.00

54.          Piechotka, Maria and Kazimierz. Wooden Synagogues. Warsaw: Arkady, 1959. 220 worn and torn . Good +. Hardback & DJ.
Published by the Institute of Polish Architectecture of the Polytechnic of Warsaw. Drawings, sketches, photos of destroyed synagogues. Essential reference work of synagogues destroyed by the Nazis in Poland  (276609)                $90.00

55.          Piechotkowie, Maria i Kazimierz. Boznice Drewniane  (Wooden Synagogues). Warsaw: Budownictwo i Architektura, 1957. 220 pp. In Polish Original Polish synagogue architecture volume slight writing on fep no dj. Good +. Hardcover .
Study of synagogues destroyed by the Nazis. Monumental work  (278334)              $55.00

56.          Polland, Annie. Landmark of the Spirit The Eldridge Street Synagogue. Yale, 2009. 165 pp. Magnificent study of the life of the synagogue and the Jewish community on the Lower East Side. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (241529)               $15.00

57.          Preisler, Julian. Historic Synagogues of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. 2009. 127 pp. Very Good. Paperback.
OCLC Number: 263146742  (281091)      $6.00

58.          Reiner, Elchanan. Arba’at bate-ha-keneset ha-sefaradiyim al-shem Rabi Yohanan ben Zakai / The Yochanan Ben Zakkai Four Sephardi Synagogues. The Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities in Jerusalem , 1980. 48 pp. corner creased . Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (271412)           $18.00

59.          Rosenfeld, Gavriel. Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust. Yale, 2011. 437 pp. Very Good. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277772)   $20.00

60.          Schlee, Dietmar. Synagogen in Baden-Wurttemberg. Innenministerium d. Landes Baden-Wurttemberg. 127 pp.., mit 110 Abb. Good. Paperback.  (277666)    $24.00

61.          Schoner HaRav, Alfred. The Synagogue of Dohany Street. Budapest: 1992. 20 pp. in English 20 pp. in Hebrew and color illustrations. Very Good-. Stiff Wrapper.  (277792)          $16.00

62.          Schwarz, Hans Peter (hrsg). Die Architektur der Synagoge. Deutsches Architekturmuseum,, 1988. 446 pp. exhibition catalog with essays, large 8vo. Many of the synagogues were destroyed by the Nazis. Very Good. Paperback.  (265618)      $30.00

63.          Sergey, R. Kravtsov. Di Gildene Royze: The Turei Zahav Synagogue in L’viv (Ukraine). Imhof, 2011. 86 pp.a beautiful work with many photos and virtual reconstruction of the shul, formed in 1582 and destroyed during the War. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (277790)              $20.00

64.          Servi, Sandro (edited by). La Sinagoga di Firenze / The Synagogue of Florence. Com Isr di Firenze, 1982. 15 pp. filled with magnificent color images. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.
OCLC Number: 955258139  (279779)      $16.00

65.          Siry, Joseph. Beth Sholom Synagogue: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture. Chicago, 2011. 705 pp. back corner bumped. Very Good-. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (271288)      $38.00

66.          Steen, Jurgen. ‘Die Synagogen Brennen’ Die Zerstorung Frankfurts als Judische Lebenswelt. Frankfurt: Historisches Museum, 1988. 234 pp. Very Good. Paperback.  (276379)     $20.00

67.          Strongwater, Andrea. Where we Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe, paintings and words by Andrea Strongwater. Lemont: Eifrig, 2012. 48 pp. Includes many destroyed by the Nazis beautifully illustrated. Very Good. Hardcover .  (269725)     $30.00

68.          Suchy, Barbara. Synagogen in Dusseldorf: Von 1712 bis zur Gegenwart. Droste, 2013. 61 pp. with architectural plans, history of the Jewish community, the Shoah and the rebuilding. Very Good-. Paperback.  (277687) $25.00

69.          Sukenik, Eleazar. The Ancient Synagogue of Beth Alpha; An account of the excavation conducted on behalf of the Hebrew University. Jerusalem: Oxford University Press, 1932. 58pp. (8 plates within text) + 27 plates, one of which is a fold-out, ground plan of the synagogue. crown and base of spine slightly bumped. Good +. Cloth.  (265748)                $100.00

70.          Die Synagoge an der Elbstrasse und die Synagoge an den Kohlhöfen. eine Rekonstruktion in Zeichnungen. Dolling und Galitz, 1991. 63 pp. Very Good. Paperback.  (264049)               $18.00

71.          Tabory, Joseph (editor). Kenishta Studies of the Synagogue World Volume 2. Bar-Ilan, 2007. 36 pp. in English 187 pp. in Hebrew 223 pp. total. Very Good +. Hardcover .  (274883)         $30.00

72.          Tabory, Joseph (editor). Kenishta Studies of the Synagogue World Volume 3; Dov Rappel – In Memorium. Bar-Ilan, 2007. 344 pp. in Hebrew plus 47 pp. in English 15 essays. Very Good. Hardcover .  (274786)  $30.00

73.          Tebeau, Charlton. Synagogue in the Central City: Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 1922-1972. University of Miami Press, 1972. 172 pp. dj very torn slight foxing to fore edge. Good +. Hardcover & Dust Jacket.  (277842)                $16.00

74.          Technische Universitat Darmstadt; Grellert, Marc (leitung). Synagogen in Deutschland : eine virtuelle Rekonstruktion. Technische Universitat Darmstadt, 2000. 80 pp. exhibition catalog amazing virtual reconstruction of synagogues destroyed in 1938 with some plans, and essays. Very Good. Stiff Wrapper.  (277755) $26.00

75.          Tigerman, Stanley. The Architecture of Exile. NY: Rizzoli, 1988.  large 8vo 192 pp. Very Good +. Hardback & DJ.
Analysis of Biblical temple reconstructions as cultural monuments and connections to the evolution of architecture.  (277991)               $12.00

76.          Volavkova, Hana. The Synagogue Treasures of Bohemia and Moravia. Prague: Sfinx, 1949. 97 pages of plates + 38 pp. very good dj. Good +. cloth.  (218689)        $25.00

77.          Walicki, Jacek. (Lodz) Synagogues and Prayer Houses of Lodz. Lofz: Ibidem, 2000. 94 pp. + 94 pp. + XIV (In English and Polish) plus black and white photos and sketches. Very Good. Paperback.  (277941)   $36.00

78.          Wischnitzer, Rachel. The Messianic Themes in the paintings of the Dura Synagogue. Chicago, na. 135 pp. + 30 images. Good. Hardcover .  (269525)        $10.00

79.          Wisniewski, Tomasz. Boznice Bialostocczyzny Heartland of the Jewish Life: Synagogues and Jewish Communities in Bialystok Region; Jewish Life in Eastern Europe before 1939. Bialystok: David, 1992. In Polish and a bit of English. Many photographs.  218 pp. new. cloth.  (261777)       $25.00