14th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival  March 28 – April 8, 2019


Raise the Roof

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 PM
Library Theater, Elms College, Chicopee

Inspired by images of the magnificent wooden synagogues of 18th century Poland – the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis – Boston artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwoździec synagogue. Working with a team of 300 artisans and students from around the world, using only period hand tools and techniques, the Browns finally realized their dream. In 2014, the show-stopping reconstruction of the Gwoździec synagogue roof was unveiled as the centerpiece of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. Beautiful to behold and buttressed by traditional Klezmer melodies, Raise the Roof is an inspiring story of how combined talents in art and science brought back to life an artifact lost to history.

Panel discussion with filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, and Professor Scott Hartblay. Moderated by Martin Pion, Director of the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies at Elms College.

Winner of 6 "Best Documentary" Audience Awards

Documentary | 2015 | 85 minutes
USA | English and Polish with subtitles
Directed by Yari Wolinsky and Cary Wolinsky



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