Entry for June 21, 2006

This drawing is of the Gates of Heaven, which August Kutzbock built was only used as a synogogue for 16 years, later becoming a Unitarian Church.  It was moved to James Madison Park, rather than be demolished and is now site of the  Madison, WI  summer Tuesday night contra dance .  The Synagogue, according to the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation

 was built in 1863 for the Ahavath Achim congregation of German Jewish immigrants. The synagogue, the first built in Madison and the third oldest in the country, is Victorian Romanesque in its design.

The band (unlisted on the webpage) sat up in the balcony and the caller stood on the bema.  The wood floor is great, but the room was small for the number of dancers and there were hardly any men.  I left early, to start my trip back in daylight. 

Today, construction and rain delayed my return and I got to the book group as everyone was leaving.  I dropped off some Amish blueberry butter from Indiana for Harriet and left.




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