Art: Promised Hosanna

The Jewish people have built their places of worship all over the world, but never have they produced architectural monuments to rival those of other faiths.

This week, in the year commemorating the arrival of the first group of Jewish families in America 300 years ago,* the Beth Sholom Congregation in Philadelphia announced that U.S. Judaism was hoping to close the gap. It had commissioned Architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a synagogue which would "wed the American spirit to the ancient spirit of Israel." Wright's synagogue began as a gleam in the pastoral eye of Mortimer J. Cohen, rabbi of the...

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