Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Khodoriv, Ukraine - Original Linocut Khodoriv, Ukraine - With Background

Yiddish names: Chederev, Chodorov, Chodoriv

Previous names, countries: Khodorov [Russia], Chodorów [Galicia, Poland]

The wooden synagogue of Chodorów was built in 1652 entirely of timber, an easily available and inexpensive commodity from the dense forests of Eastern Europe. As with most wooden synagogues, the exterior was plain and humble, but inside it was decorated with beautiful paintings and elaborate religious articles.

The glory of this synagogue was widely known and was in stark contrast to the modest homes of the largely impoverished residents of Chodorow. Its exceptionalism was in no small measure due to an itinerant Jewish artist named Israel Ben Mordechai Lissnicki, who painted two other synagogues in the area. Although the synagogue of Chodorów was destroyed during World War II, a model of the ceiling depicting magnificently colored Zodiac signs and Biblical passages rendered by Lissnicki, can be seen in the Beth Hatefutsoth museum in Tel Aviv.

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Original linocut prints are 8x10 inches, and are available either unmatted or in an 11x14 matte.

I also offer matted 5x7 digital prints. These prints are created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

For this synagogue I have created an additional digital print, with Hebrew lettering in the background. These prints are also created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

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