Sacred Spaces


Sukkot Holiday Program in Partnership with DesignPhiladelphia

Sunday, October 13, 2019
2 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History

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General Admission: $12 | *Students: $6

*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.

Director: Celia Lowenstein
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: France
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Language: English

Philadelphia Premiere
An unparalleled visual experience featuring some of the most important sacred Jewish structures in the world, SACRED SPACES charts the remarkable 3,000-year history of the Jewish Diaspora through its places of worship, examining how these spiritual sanctuaries have figured in the transmission of Jewish values through the ages.

Beginning with the historic significance of the destroyed temples and the remaining Western Wall in Jerusalem, this lush travelogue journeys to Tunisia, Cordoba, Toledo, Amsterdam, Venice and Budapest where the synagogues attest to the history of European Jewry. By transporting audiences to these sacred sites and awe-inspiring architectural wonders, director Celia Lowenstein honors and rediscovers these profound and beautiful works of art. Her thoughtful and meditative spiritual journey culminates with the exploration of Philadelphia’s own Beth Sholom Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Elkins Park designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Special Guest:

  • Samuel D. Gruber | Founder and Managing Director of Gruber Heritage Global (GHG) and Professor at Syracuse University and Cornell University
  • Celia Lowenstein | Director of SACRED SPACES


Official Selection:

  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival