Synagogue paintings as indicating a developing conception of national redemption

Zvi Orgad

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This article compares the interior paintings in the ‘Ades and Ohel Moshe synagogues, both of which are non-Ashkenazi, in the Nahlaot neighborhood in Jerusalem. Although the synagogues were decorated 50 years apart, there are similarities in the painted motifs and drawing schemes, but also some differences. I suggest that these differences reflect the development of a Jewish concept of national redemption during the 50 years that elapsed between the adornment of the two synagogues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalImages (Poland)
Issue number34
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2019

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2e ‘Ades Synagogue was founded in 1901in the Naতalat ਋ion neighborhood of Jerusalem by the ণalebis (Jews from Aleppo, Syria), with financial support from the wealthy ‘Ades family, whose origins were in Aleppo.[1] It was decorated by studen ts from the Be਌alel School of Arts and Cra8s under the supervision of a Be਌alel teacher, the artist

FundersFunder number
German–Israel Foundation for Scientific Research and DevelopmentI-1333-112.4/2016


    • Interior decoration
    • National redemption
    • Synagogue art
    • Wall paintings


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