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Monday, June 14 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
A visit to Sydney's oldest synagogue: virtually

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Building a synagogue has been a milestone for Jews throughout ancient and recent history. The first synagogue built in the Australian colonies was consecrated in Sydney's York Street in April 1844. Contemporary records acclaimed the piety of traditional liturgy and the synagogue's Egyptian architecture. Sadly, this rare example of colonial architecture was lost in 1878 when the congregation moved to the new Great Synagogue on Elizabeth Street. Until recently, only a few images of the synagogue's exterior have been known, and apart from a loose description of the inner sanctuary, we could only guess what ambience surrounded the early Jews during their prayers. Drawing on Jana's research and based on Zac's findings of interior plans and his 3D imaging experience, we present the first comprehensive art history and virtual recreation of the oldest synagogue in Sydney.

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Zac Levi

Zac Levi is a 3D Specialist with an interest in Colonial Australian History, Culture and Architecture. He uses his skills to recreate the past based on historical evidence. Zac studied Media Arts (Honours) at the University of New South Wales where he trained in CGI, Animation and... Read More →
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Jana Vytrhlik

Jana Vytrhlik is an art historian of Judaica and synagogue architecture with a PhD in Art History from the University of Sydney. Jana is a curator at The Great Synagogue in Sydney, and former curator of the Jewish Museum in Prague.

Monday June 14, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm AEST
Room 2
  History and memory