Exhibit and lectures spotlight synagogues in Germany

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J.AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770EMAIL: [email protected] ANDLECTURES SPOTLIGHT SYNAGOGUES IN GERMANYGerman architect Alfred Jacobywill speak at Rice University and the Margolis GallerySynagogues in Germanythat were designed by the son of Polish Holocaust survivors will be featured ina free photo exhibit this fall at the Margolis Gallery. The German architectAlfred Jacoby will present two public lectures about his work in September — oneat Margolis Gallery and one at Rice University.The photo exhibit,titled “In a New Spirit: Synagogues of Germany,” is on loan from the MizelMuseum of Judaica. It presents the historical contexts of the new synagogues,pointing out significant sites of World War II on which Jacoby has built,including a place once occupied by a local Gestapo headquarters and severalsites that are former grounds of synagogues destroyed during the Naziera.The building ofsynagogues in Germany has traditionally been an expression of emancipation forJewish communities. Jacoby, considered to be Germany’s leading designer ofsynagogues, said he is building them “for Jews who are establishing newcommunities in Germany.” The government of the Federal Republic of Germany issubsidizing a large proportion of the new synagogues.Jacoby’s parents settledin Germany after surviving the Polish Holocaust after World War II. He studiedin Cambridge and Zurich and then opened his own firm in Frankfurt. The recipientof the “Architects Under 40” prize at the 1984 German Building Exhibition,Jacoby has exhibited his work at the German Architecture Museum and at theVenice Biennale. He has been a professor at the Bauhaus in Dessau since 1998.The traveling photoexhibit, which has been shown in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston andMiami, showcases Jacoby’s exceptional designs of elegance and spirituality. ItsHouston debut is being presented by Margolis Gallery, Rice University School ofArchitecture, The Goethe Center for Central European Studies at Rice and theConsulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. The exhibit will be ondisplay from Sept. 6 through Nov. 30 at Margolis Gallery at Congregation BethIsrael, 5600 Braeswood Blvd. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondaythrough Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. tonoon Sunday.Jacoby will discuss thearchitecture of the synagogues at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Farish Gallery in AndersonHall at Rice University, 6100 Main St. For directions to Rice, call (713)348-5864.An opening reception forthe exhibit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Margolis Gallery, followed by a7:30 p.m. lecture by Jacoby. For more information call (713) 771-6221 or http://www.beth-israel.org/committee/arts.asp. AddThis Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. last_img