Under Mendelsohn’s Dome: Visions of Park Synagogue


Under Mendelsohn’s Dome: Visions of Park Synagogue

Date: Sat. 9 Mar, 2013 9:00 am - Sun. 10 Mar, 2013 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 Day 8 Hours

The Cleveland community is invited to attend

Under Mendelsohn’s Dome: Visions of Park Synagogue

March 9-10

The Park Synagogue, 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights


German Expressionist architect Eric Mendelsohn’s buildings are stunning and his drawings pulsate with dynamic energy. Among his many accomplishments are the Einstein Tower in Germany, The Mt. Scopus campus of Hadassah Hospital in Israel, and Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights. Come to find out more about this world-renowned architect and his only Cleveland building—the iconic Park Synagogue.

 All events are free and open to the community. 

Saturday, March 9---Architecture and Religious Observance

Service begins at 9:00 am; sermon at 10:45 am

Park Synagogue--Main Sanctuary

Attend the morning Sabbath Service and hear Rabbi Joshua Skoff, Park Synagogue Senior Rabbi and Leighton A. Rosenthal Chair on Rabbinics, deliver an engaging sermon on the relationship between architecture and religious observance.


Sunday, March 10---“Incessant Visions”: Documentary about Mendelsohn,

Conversation, and Architectural Tours & Exhibit

1:30 -5:00 pm

Park Synagogue—Kangesser Hall (on the lower level)

  • Screen the wonderful documentary film, “Incessant Visions,” which illuminates the life of Eric Mendelsohn through letters exchanged by the architect and his wife Louise.
  • Following the film, hear Duki Dror, Israeli filmmaker of “Incessant Visions,” and moderator Jay Geller, Ph.D., Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at CWRU, in conversation about the film.
  • Take a self-guided tour of Mendelsohn’s extraordinary Park Synagogue building
  • View the special exhibit of recently discovered Mendelsohn sketches of the synagogue, photos, and other memorabilia.


Please note: The Mendelsohn Exhibit will be open by appointment only after the March 10th program, from March 11-31. Individuals or groups can make an appointment to visit to the Exhibit by contacting Ellen Petler at epetler@parksyn.org or 216-371-2244 ext. 122. 

  • Purchase Walter Leedy and Sara Jane Pearman’s 2012 published book: Eric Mendelsohn & Park Synagogue.  

“Under Mendelsohn’s Dome: Visions of Park Synagogue” is being held under the partnership of the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, Case Western Reserve University, and The Park Synagogue.  

For more information, please contact Ellen Petler, Park Synagogue Membership & Program Director, at epetler@parksyn.org or 216-371-2244 ext. 122.

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