'Under Mendelsohn's Dome,' March architecture program opens Park Synagogue to the public

The Park Synagogue, Cleveland Heights

On March 9 and 10, Cleveland Heights’s Park Synagogue will present “Under Mendelsohn’s Dome: Visions of Park Synagogue.” This two-day celebration honors world-renowned German expressionist architect Eric Mendelsohn, who designed the synagogue—one of Greater Cleveland’s architecturally significant mid-century modern buildings.

The free program of events is open to the community, and will include:

  • An exhibition featuring Mendelsohn’s original sketches, prints and photographs taken during and after construction, and other memorabilia. The exhibition will be open on Saturday, March 9, 12 noon to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, March 10, from 1:30–5 p.m.
  • A March 9 sermon by Senior Rabbi Joshua Skoff on the relationship between architecture and religious observance. The Shabbat service begins at 9 a.m., and the sermon at approximately 10:45 a.m.
  • A March 10, 1:30 p.m. screening of the award-winning documentary “Incessant Visions,” a film about Mendelsohn’s life told through letters exchanged with his wife, Louise. Duki Dror, the film’s director, and Jay Geller, the Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), will share their observations following the screening.

The exhibit will be open by appointment, to groups and individuals from March 11-31.

Park Synagogue is located at 3300 Mayfield Road. For more information visit www.parksyn.org or contact Ellen Petler, at 216-371-2244, ext. 122. Information about “Incessant Visions,” can be found at www.architectmovie.com.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection and CWRU are partners in this event. 

Jenni Thomas

Jenni Thomas is a Cleveland Heights resident and communications director for The Park Synagogue.

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