The subject of synagogue art and architecture has, for too long, stood outside the mainstream of architectural history. In the 1990s, a series of important conferences in the United States and England has drawn attention to this fact and secured the recognition of the Jewish architectural heritage. Only now is the 'heritage industry' beginning to open up to the reality of a multi-cultural society. In Britain, in particular, a country where Jews have enjoyed 300 years of continuous settlement, the definitive history of Jewish monuments, both sacred and secular, has yet to be written. A comprehensive survey of extant Jewish sites likewise awaits completion.
Building Jerusalem: Jewish Architecture in Britain goes some ways towards filling this gap. The issue of preservation is a central theme of the book. Steps must be taken to arrest the alarming disappearance of historic Jewish landmarks in Britain. Aware of instructive precedents set in both Europe and the USA, contributors call upon the leadership of British Jewry to put preservation on the communal agenda and for the education of the general public (both Jewish and non-Jewish) to appreciate the uniqueness of the Jewish architectural heritage. Above all, this book challenges Anglo-Jewry to adopt a responsible conservation policy that strikes a balance between respect for the past and contemporary communal needs.
The text is richly illustrated, featuring, in particular, original artwork by Beverly-Jane Stewart and photographs by Anthony Harris.
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