Extreme Makeover – Synagogue Edition

Synagogues looking to makeover the “atmosphere” of their sacred space would do well to take note of how The Gap recently transformed their stores from “institutional” to “homey.” In an effort to woo back customers, the retailer has devised a radical plan to remodel their outlets.

Synagogue renovation shines with stained glass

For more than a year, George Greene and his wife labored daily over a lightbox in the basement of their Caldwell home, painstakingly fitting bits of colored glass together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Why Temples Look the Way They Do

Reform synagogue architecture in America has from the beginning followed artistic trends and architectural norms.

My Ideal Synagogue - Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam, a maser of kinetic art and the son of a rabbi, has pioneered a form of visual art influenced by the Jewish conception that reality is not static and cannot be represented in a graven image.

My Ideal Synagogue - Images

Designed of translucent plexiglass prisms, the ark projects from the wall in three triangles.

My Ideal Synagogue - Diagrams

In Agam's ideal synagogue, worshipers would ascend the sacred space of the sanctuary from a central vestibule.

My Ideal Synagogue

Written and illustrated by Yaacov Agam: Noted artist Yaacov Agam describes his "ideal synagogue," including its art and flexible architecture.