Raise the Roof Title: Raise the Roof
Director: Yari Wolinsky
Genre: Documentary, HIstory
Running: 85 min.
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Family Friendly
Followed by Havdallah at 6:15pm in the theater with Rabbi Rebecca Epstein, CBI.
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“An international team chases an improbable dream to reconstruct one of the magnificent lost wooden synagogues of Poland.”

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. More than 200 of these unique wooden synagogues dotted the countryside, until the Nazis burned every last one to the ground. Though neither Jewish nor Polish, the Browns mastermind a remarkable effort to rebuild this architectural wonder. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries and employing period hand tools and artisanal techniques, the Browns and their team set about recreating the synagogue’s timber-framed roof and intricate mural designs. Despite seemingly impossible deadlines, hammering downpours and exhaustion, a profound relic slowly rises from the ashes. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world.

Community Partner Congregation Beth Israel and the Austin Polish Film Festival.

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