UNDER MENDELSOHN'S DOME: Visions of Park Synagogue
Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10, 2013
Park Synagogue Main
3300 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights OH 44118
Park Synagogue will be the epicenter of a special weekend celebration of the world-renowned architect, Eric Mendelsohn. Explore our history and learn the fascinating symbolism behind the design choices Mendelsohn made 65 years ago. Watch the award-winning new documentary about Eric Mendelsohn, "Incessant Visions," and meet its filmmaker, Duki Dror. And don't miss viewing the recently discovered original Mendelsohn sketches of Park Synagogue Main!
This event is held in partnership with the Jewish Federation's Cleveland Israel Arts Connection and Case Western Reserve University.
Free & open to the community
All events take place at Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights
3300 Mayfield Rd.
Saturday, March 9
Architecture & Religious Observance
Attend Shabbat services and hear Park Synagogue's Senior Rabbi, Joshua Skoff, deliver an engaging sermon on the relationship between architecture and religious observance.
9:00 am service begins
10:45 am sermon begins
Visit the special exhibition of Mendelsohn’s recently discovered visionary sketches of Park Synagogue, historic photographs, Mendelsohn-designed Torah breastplates and furniture.
12:15 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 10
"Incessant Visions" Screening
Watch the film that illuminates the fascinating life of
architect Mendelsohn told through letters exchanged with his wife, Louise. The filmmaker, Duki Dror, along with Jay Geller, Ph.D., Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at CWRU, will share their observations following the screening.
1:30 pm in Kangesser Hall (lower level)
Explore Park Synagogue and View the Exhibit
After the film, take a self-guided tour of the historic synagogue and witness the vision of Eric Mendelsohn. Stop by the special exhibition of Mendelsohn’s recently discovered visionary sketches of Park Synagogue, historic photographs, Mendelsohn-designed Torah breastplates and furniture.
3:00 - 5:00 pm
March 11 - March 31
The Mendelsohn Exhibit will be open by appointment for groups and individuals through Sunday, March 31, 2013. To schedule a visit, please contact Ellen Petler at (216) 371-2244, ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to visit the Under Mendelsohn's Dome Gift Shop on Sunday, March 10, to purchase these commemorative items. Prices include tax.
Park Synagogue Mezuzah Own a limited-edition Park Synagogue Mezuzah handcrafted in pewter by local Cleveland Heights artists, Matthew Hollern & Pamela Argenieri. A sample will be available to see and hold on Sunday. We will be taking orders on Sunday as well as for a limited time afterwards. $100.00 Add a Kosher scroll for $40.00.
Build-Your-Own Paper Park Synagogue Model Envisioned and created by member, Jud Kline, this project will keep the family entertained. Amazing details will make you feel right at home. $10.00
Cleveland Architecture Coloring Book Featuring Park Synagogue and 30 other Cleveland gems. Created and designed by Jeremy Smith. $10.00
Eric Mendelsohn's Park Synagogue: Architecture & Community by Walter C. Leedy Jr. The book examines Eric Mendelsohn's modernist building, The Park Synagogue, one of the most significant post-World War II buildings in the United States. Notable for its magnificent dome and its natural wooded setting, it also has an immense architectural influence on other religious structures in the Midwest. $45.00