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Exceptionally Jewish: Israeli Synagogue Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s

Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 9190501, Israel
Received: 31 October 2019 / Revised: 30 January 2020 / Accepted: 3 February 2020 / Published: 12 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synagogue Art and Architecture)
This article examines three exceptional synagogues designed in Israel in the 1960s and 1970s. It aims to explore the tension between these iconic structures and the artworks integrated into them. The investigation of each case study is comprised of a survey of the architecture and interior design, and of ceremonial objects and Jewish art pieces. Against the backdrop of contemporary international trends, the article distinguishes between adopted styles and genuine (i.e., originally conceived) design processes. The case studies reveal a shared tendency to abstract religious symbolism while formulating a new Jewish-national visual canon.
Keywords: synagogue architecture; Israeli architecture; Jewish art; modern architecture; Israel studies; Jewish history; modern art; abstract art synagogue architecture; Israeli architecture; Jewish art; modern architecture; Israel studies; Jewish history; modern art; abstract art
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Simhony, N. Exceptionally Jewish: Israeli Synagogue Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s. Arts 2020, 9, 21.

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