Synagogue Stained Glass

In 2022 we’ll be making more of our research public and widening the discussion. If you would like to participate or alert us to synagogue windows you know, emails us at [email protected] (put “stained glass” in the subject line.

You are invited to tour the remarkable Chicago Loop Synagogue, home of the Abraham Rattner’s (1893-1978) great 40’ x 30’ “And Let There Be Light” stained glass window (1958), one the most exceptional works of Jewish art of the 20th century. Art historian Dr. Samuel Gruber, anthropologist Dr. Alanna Cooper, and noted synagogue architect Michael Landau will discuss the origins, design, and iconography of the window; its place in 20th American and Jewish art; and the uncertain fate of the window and the building for which it was designed. Tour participants will also get to view some of preliminary design materials for the windows from the synagogue archives as well as many of Rattner’s exquisite color lithographs on Biblical themes.

Fee: $15

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Sponsored by: The Chicago Loop Synagogue and the International Survey of Jewish Monuments (ISJM), in partnership with the Association for Jewish Studies.