Raise the Roof

The Wolinskys’ fascinating film tells the inspiring story of how a decimated wooden Polish synagogue is brought back to life and given a permanent home in the new Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Prior to their destruction by the Nazis, Poland was home to over 200 wooden synagogues, including the synagogue of Gwozdziec. Over a period of two summers, Boston-based artists and professors Rick and Laura Brown lead a team of students, traditional artisans, and builders to reconstruct Gwozdziec synagogue’s complex roof. Using original methods and tools, the team vividly unveils the forgotten artistry, science, and culture of Poland’s Jewish architectural heritage. In English and Polish with English subtitles.

Genres: Documentary