I was in Krakow this summer working on the Synagogue Replication Project with Handshouse Studio. Poland was once full of beautiful wooden synagogues, but they were all destroyed by the Nazis during WWII. One of these synagogues, The Gwozdziec Synagogue, was well documented. Handshouse Studio has been working now for eight years to recreate this synagogue using traditional building and painting techniques.
When the project is completed, it will be installed as a permanent exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
The painting in progress.
This is the space where we worked, the beautiful Temple Synagogue, in Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow.