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July 13, 1979 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-07-13

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Friday, July 13, 1979 21

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

New York Jewish Museum Exhibits
Detroiter Kushner's Synagogue Models

VISIT

.

NEW YORK — Detroiter
Aid Kushner will exhibit a
series of 10 miniature
synagogues at the Union of

Caricatures

for your party

By

SAM FIELD

Call

399-1320

American Hebrew Congre-
gations' House of Living
Judaism through Sept. 6.
Most of Kushner's rep-
licas were inspired by the
history and architecture of
synagogues in the United
States.
Those on exhibit and the
dates when they were first
built are: the Mill Street
Synagogue, 1730, New
York; the Mikveh - Israel -
Emanuel Synagogue, 1732,
Curacao, West Indies;
Touro Synagogue, 1763,
Newport, R.I.; Mikveh Is-
rael Synagogue, 1825,
Charleston, S. C.; Plum
Street Temple, 1866, Cin-
cinnati, Ohio; Beth Israel
Synagogue, 1860, Portland,

Ore.; Gates of Heaven
Synagogue, 1863, Madison,
Wis.; Central Synagogue,
1880, New York; and Bnai
Sholom Temple Israel,
1914, Chicago, Ill.
Kushner was first in-
spired to do the minia-
tures when he decided —
while recovering from
illness in 1970 — to make
replicas of all the build-
ings which had housed
Temple Beth El in Detroit
since 1850.
Using the skills he had
developed as a sign painter
and in building model rail-
roads, the craftsman
worked in lightweight wood
with an ordinary utility
knife. Sponges, furnace fil-
ters, cardboard, wrapping
paper, playing cards and
costume jewelry are also
used.
In all of the 50 model
synagogues that Kushner
has made to date he has
used photographs from the
American Jewish Historical
Society for authenticity.
Kushner's artistic efforts
also include custom letter-
ing and shadow-box type
pictures along with models
of many American histori-
cal buildings. He was re-
cently elected president of
the Brotherhood of Temple
Beth El.

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DENVER (JTA) — Ku
Klux Klansmen picketed a
meeting last week of the
Colorado Zionist Federation
(CZF).
Twelve klansmen showed
up at the group's election
dinner at which Rep. Pat
Schroeder (D-Col.) was
scheduled to be the keynote
speaker. Schroeder, noted
for her pro-Israel stance,
was supposed to speak on
"the Zionist challenge for
the 80s," but responded to
the klansmen's picketing of
the meeting, instead.
Georgi Jacobs, the execu-
tive director of the CZF, said
that the klansmen dis-
rupted the Federation's
dinner meeting by dis-
tributing anti-Jewish liter-
ature to spectators gathered
to view the men in their full
klan regalia. The klansmen
also carried signs such as
"Zionism equals Com-
munism," and "Dump Is-
rael, Pump Gas," Jacobs re-
ported.
The Denver Jewish com-
munity, numbering about
25,000, has been plagued
with anti-Jewish attacks
during the last month.

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