Closing Night: Raise the Roof

Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Monday, May 4
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
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Directors: Cary Wolinsky, Yari Wolinsky
Year: 2015
Running Time: 85 minutes
Languages: English and Polish with English subtitles


Raise the Roof, a film about the reconstruction of an 18th century, Polish wooden synagogue.

In Yari and Cary Wolinsky’s awe-inspiring documentary RAISE THE ROOF, we witness the construction and the 2014 unveiling of 
the Gwozdziec roof, the centerpiece of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Neither Jewish nor Polish, artists and educators Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio embarked on a 10-year mission to reconstruct the Gwozdziec Synagogue, an 18th century Polish synagogue whose distinct architecture rivals the greatest wooden architecture in history. Leading more than 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the
 Browns discover a lost world in the midst of grappling with how to accurately engineer
 the synagogue’s elaborate roof and painted ceiling with the period tools and methods used by the original builders. By the end of their incredible journey, they achieve a feat even more remarkable than the restoration of a lost wooden synagogue. Collectively, their efforts have empowered a new generation of Poles to connect to their history and shape the Poland of tomorrow.

Sponsored by Glenmede 
and Susanna Lachs Adler and Dean Adler

Special Guests: Cary Wolinsky, Producer of Raise the Roof; Yari Wolinksy, Director of Raise the Roof; Laura and Rick Brown, Professors at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and founders of Handshouse Studio; Matthew Jeffs, artist and educator; Emily White, artist and educator

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