ISJM

Welcome

Welcome to the new ISJM website. Though we are still building, we’ve decided to go live. Please bear with us as our volunteers continue to make changes and add deeper content.

Keep coming back for more historical and up-to-date information about a wide range of Jewish art, architectural, archaeological and historic preservation resources.

Synagogue Wall Paintings

ISJM recently documented this mural in a former synagogue in North Adams, Massachusetts, as part of our ongoing project to identify and documents North American synagogue wall and window decoration.
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Mid-Century Modern Synagogues

Join ISJM is documenting the hundreds of still-extant mid-century modern synagogues in North America. many are architecturally and artistically spectacular, but their futures remain uncertain.
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Where Were the Women?


ISJM encourages scholars and preservationists to better investigate women’s place and space in synagogues and all other types of Jewish buildings and public spaces. We have been changing the way we encounter synagogues to always include the placement of women, and to see the space and liturgy from the women’s as well as the men’s.
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Coming Soon: Directory of Jewish Architects

ISJM is compiling a directory of Jewish and synagogue architects. Part I covers architects active in North America before World War I.
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Romaniote Memories

View of the women’s gallery at the Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue in New York City, where from 2000-2010 ISJM-sponsored photographer documented the synagogue and its congregants, as well as the Jewish community of Ioannina in Greece.
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Coming Soon: Synagogues of the South

ISJM is collaborating with the College of Charleston on a new online exhibition

Holocaust Monument and Memorial Database

For many years ISJM has been gathering information about Holocaust commemorative markers, monuments, museums and other memorial works of art, architecture, and landscape design. In 2019 we began to collate this information into one master database, which we hope will grow with member participation and crowd-sourced information.

“Seeing leads to remembering

remembering leads to the doing”

–Babylonian Talmud, Menachot 43b

Donate to ISJM!

Help support the work of ISJM. ISJM is an all-volunteer organization. We are a membership organization, and we rely on donations and grants to support our work. A new link for online membership and donations will be active soon. Meanwhile, for information on how to give, contact us as jewishmons@gmail.com.