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EXHIBIT EVOKES NEW SPIRIT
IN GERMANY'S SYNAGOGUES

By Dan Adkins

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The exhibit's opening reception is 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Sept. 19, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – A new exhibit featuring the works of Alfred Jacoby, Germany's premier Jewish architect, opens Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 20 at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. The exhibit, titled "In a New Spirit: Synagogues of Germany,” is sponsored by the German Department of the UK College of Arts and Sciences as part of its opening celebration of the new Max Kade German House and Cultural Center.

“The exhibit, donated to the Mizel Museum of Judaica, promises to build a new awareness among Americans that contemporary synagogues are being built throughout Germany -- several on sites where synagogues had been destroyed during the Third Reich,” said Dr. Jeannine Blackwell, chairman of UK’s Department of German.

The exhibit’s opening reception is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Jacoby’s architectural exhibit will feature descriptions in German and English.

Jacoby will take part in "Crossing Cultures,” the gala opening of the Max Kade German House and Cultural Center at 212 E. Maxwell St. in October. He will speak on "Jews in Germany Today" on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. at Ohavay Zion Temple, 3048 Edgewater Court. On Friday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m., he will present an illustrated lecture about his work as well as other German synagogues at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. A reception will follow in center’s Presidents Room.Jacoby is professor of architecture at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, with degrees in architecture from Cambridge University and the ETH Zurich. He has designed synagogues in Aachen, Darmstadt, Chemnitz, Heidelberg, Kassel, and Offenbach. He has taken part in competitions for new synagogue design in Dresden, Duisburg, Cologne, and Munich.

The exhibit and Jacoby's visit are sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council, the German Information Center in New York, the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation, the Humanitarian Center for Culture and Diversity, UK Germanic Languages and Literatures, UK Judaic Studies, UK Social Theory, the UK College of Arts and Sciences, chancellor of the Lexington campus and the Office of the President of the University of Kentucky.

Group visits can be arranged by calling (859) 257-1706.


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