Fabulous wooden synagogues that were constructed between the seventeenth century and the early twentieth century once dotted the landscape of Europe. Today fewer than 20 remain, a few in Lithuania.
As an artist, Joyce Ellen Weinstein has traveled to remote Lithuanian villages to visit these structures. “The Old Wooden Synagogues of Lithuania: An Artist’s Perspective” is a talk that includes photographs, original artwork inspired by them, historical documents and memories imparted by those still living near them. Articles about the synagogues by Weinstein have been published in Zeek magazine and ha Galil among others. She spoke at the Richmond Holocaust Museum, Florida Holocaust Museum and others including an exhibition and talk at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington DC.
Joyce Ellen Weinstein is in many permanent and private collections in the US and Europe. She is included in Fixing the World: Jewish American Artists of the Twentieth Century, published by New England University Press and The Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts. She received many honors and awards and was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate; three times finalist and one time winner Metro DC Dance Awards for Scenic Design.