And I Shall Dwell among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World

And I Shall Dwell among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World

by Neil Folberg, Yom Tov Assis
     
 

Augmenting the photographs in And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World is an essay focusing on the social and cultural history of the Jews by Yom Tov Assis, a distinguished scholar of Jewish culture and history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Neil Folberg's first-person account of making the photographs accompanies each of the chapters,… See more details below

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Augmenting the photographs in And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World is an essay focusing on the social and cultural history of the Jews by Yom Tov Assis, a distinguished scholar of Jewish culture and history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Neil Folberg's first-person account of making the photographs accompanies each of the chapters, which are divided by geographic regions of his extensive travels.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This volume offers exquisite reproductions of excellent photographs of little-known synagogues around the world. In his images taken in India, Italy, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, among other places, Folberg (In a Desert Land, LJ 2/1/88) shows the immense diversity of Jewish houses of worship. Well-chosen location and detail shots demonstrate the relationship of synagogues to the cultures in which Jews found themselves, highlighting the adaptability of a people on the move. Indeed, the photographs are a visual record of the wanderings and adaptations of the Diaspora. Each building has been photographed in detail, and many of the synagogues in the book have been photographed for the first time. The essay "The Synagogue Through the Ages" complements the photographs, discussing the buildings in their cultural and social contexts. This beautiful book is recommended for lay readers and specialists alike.-Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.
Booknews
Photographer Folberg traveled the world for three years visiting Jewish communities and photographing both grand-scale and modest synagogues. His rich color images are grouped in chapters according to region<-->the Mediterranean, Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean, northern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Israel<-->and are accompanied by his account of the making of the photographs. Augmenting the visual display is an essay (by Yom Tov Assis, a scholar affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) which focuses on the social and cultural history of the Jews. The presentation is lavish in a 10x12.5<"> format. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Donna Seaman
Renowned photographer Folberg has been, primarily a landscape photographer so it was quite a challenge for him to adapt his vision and techniques to the interiors of historic synagogues. His success in capturing the beauty and grace of these cherished houses of worship is testimony as much to his talent and sensitivity as to the powerful spiritual aura of the synagogues themselves. Folberg traveled far and wide to find old, intact synagogues, and the array of architectural styles he discovered is awe inspiring. Folberg photographed synagogues in Italy, Turkey, Uzbekistan, the Caribbean, the U.S., Israel, and, most poignantly, all over Europe. Each synagogue reflects the indigenous architecture of its location, from the elaborate patterning of Turkish tile work to the clean cool stucco of the desert, to the carved wood, stained-glass windows, frescoes, and crystal chandeliers of Europe. The atmospheres range from earthy and homey to grand and showy, but every variation expresses devotion, pride, and gratitude. Although the seeds of Judaism have been forcibly dispersed all over the world, they have flourished wherever they've landed. This handsome and illuminating volume documents and celebrates that resilience and fortitude.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893816407
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint due in June
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.85(w) x 12.35(h) x 0.94(d)

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