Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mysterious stars in the reflection

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Except for the mirror image writing and the little "stars," you would hardly guess that this is a reflection in a store window.
But it is, and it was snapped for James and his group at Weekend Reflections.
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The buildings are the FUCHSBERG JERUSALEM CENTER of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
There is a synagogue, a yeshiva, a learning center, a guest house, a residence hall, and who knows what else.

A Swiss German missionary group built the first building in 1897.

After 1948 the Hebrew University library moved from the Mt. Scopus campus to this building (and also to Terra Santa, right across the street).

In 1972 the Conservative Movement in the U.S. bought the houses and created a compound. But in Israel Conservative Jews prefer to be call Masorati, meaning traditional. They have 50 congregations in Israel.

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9 comments:

spacedlaw said...

Lovely building, Dina!

Robin said...

I stayed just a few blocks from there when I was here on my summer tour many lifetimes ago, and one of our other groups stayed right there :).

Suzanne said...

I love the little stars in the sky. This is an interesting angle of the Fuchsberg Center - know the intersection WELL!

Leif Hagen said...

Some interesting, monumental stonework!

L. D. Burgus said...

Beautiful buildings and you know such interesting things.

VP said...

Impressive buildings of another era, massive with grace. So we build luxury cars which are almost Israel Conservative Jews...

Spiderdama said...

Lovely reflection!:-)

Clytie said...

You are right - I didn't realize this was a reflection until I looked closely - and read your narrative. Very well done. Those old buildings are quite beautiful, and have so much history.

JM said...

UFOs in Jerusalem? :-)