Jason Loik retouches the ceiling painting of the Gwo┼║dziec after the installation in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland, 2013.

" a spectacular tribute"
Deborah Lipstadt, Historian

" an inspiring documentary "
Cleveland Jewish News

" The intrepid couple who restored a gem of a Polish synagogue ..."
Times of Israel

5:00 PM Tuesday, July 11th
Special guests
artists/educators Laura & Rick Brown
Center for Contemporary Arts


Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, yet they set out to rebuild Gwodziec, a magnificent wooden eighteenth century synagogue in Poland that was later destroyed by the Nazis. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them, using their hands, old tools and techniques to bring Gwodziec’s history, culture, science, and art back to life.

Filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky’s beautifully photographed and rendered film RAISE THE ROOF, tells the story of this remarkable 10 year project against the backdrop of the 1000 year history of Jews in Poland.

RAISE THE ROOF has been generously sponsored by Season Underwriter Ellen Romm Lambert with additional support for Film Underwriter Joan Vernick in memory of Louis Erhard and Edith Garfield

Photo: Copyright Trillium Studios. Photo and film, courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film;