Jewish Film Showcase: Raise The Roof

About This Episode


“How often do you get a chance to reach deep into history and bring something back?” - Rick Brown

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland — the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis — inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the GwoŸdziec synagogue. Aided by a team of 300 artisans and students, the show-stopping building was realized and installed as the centerpiece of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Raise The Roof chronicles this ambitious project against the backdrop of the 1000-year history of Jews in Poland. By the end of the project, they had done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue; they recovered a lost world.

The Jewish Film Showcase offers an exciting slate of documentary films telling vibrant stories from around the world. Curated and presented as a mini film festival, by The National Center for Jewish Film, the showcase presents three award-winning films, each exploring a dynamic story rich in history, art, and culture.