“Windows Without a Home: 21st Century Congregations Repurposing Sacred Shards”

Members of the community are invited to join Alanna E. Cooper, the Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies, for an upcoming remote lecture titled “Windows Without a Home: 21st Century Congregations Repurposing Sacred Shards.” Hosted by the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, this lecture will be held Thursday, Aug. 5, from noon to 1 p.m.

In 21st century America, as synagogues dissolve in small towns and peripheral areas of the county, congregants face the dilemma of what to do with their sacred objects. Stained glass poses a particularly difficult dilemma. In this talk, Cooper will address the history of stained-glass windows in American synagogues, their aesthetic and emotional allure, and crucially, the question of their destiny when their congregations disband and their buildings are sold.

This lecture costs $5 for Siegal Lifelong Learning Program members and $10 for nonmembers.

Register for the lecture.