Monday, March 12 | 7:30 PM | Mandell JCC
Director: Yari Wolinsky
Documentary | USA | 85minutes | 2015 | English and Polish with English subtitles

Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, one of the magnificent 18th-century wooden synagogues of Poland, the last of which were destroyed by Nazis during World War II. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them. Using their hands, old tools and techniques, they rediscover Gwoździec’s history, culture, and art.

Raise the Roof follows the Browns and the Handshouse Studio team to Sanok, Poland, as they begin building the new Gwoździec roof. The crew has six weeks to hew, saw, and carve 200 freshly logged trees and assemble the structure. Working against this deadline and despite torrential downpours and exhaustion, the team must create the structure, and disassemble it again for shipping and eventual installation in Warsaw’s Polin Museum.

Audience Awards Philadelphia JFF, Rutgers JFF, Washington DC JFF, Seattle JFF

6:00pm: Pre-screening Dinner Program with filmmakers, Cary and Yari Wolinsky and Professors/Artists Laura and Rick Brown - $30 (includes dinner and film) rsvp to by March 5th, 2018 (film only - $12.00)

Sponsored by
Solinsky Eye Care
Community Partners: The Jewish Hartford Heritage Project -
Sponsored by the Konover/Coppa Fund at UConn Global Affairs
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Venue donated by Spotlight Theaters


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