Synagogue Sketches of the Western World

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Synagogue Sketches of the Western World

Join Ben Levinson on Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7 – 9 pm at the opening reception for his exhibition of “Synagogue Sketches of the Western World” at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, Wings of Peace Gallery, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3. 

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This event is free and Ben will be available to tell what he learned from walking tours at each of these buildings. Bring your friends and have a chat while you are introduced to the history of these synagogues. The exhibition will be open for viewing from September 4 – 20, 2019, Tuesday to Friday from 10 am – 3 pm.


Ben Levinson and his wife Carla have been Congregation Emanu-El members since 1966 when they moved to Victoria at the start of his architectural career on Vancouver Island. Over the years while travelling throughout western countries, they always managed to visit synagogues. Ben, who has been drawing, painting and sculpting most of his life, always had his sketch pad and pen ready to capture his visual impression of these synagogues.


A few months ago Carla was flipping through these sketch books and suggested that Ben organize many of these drawings. This September exhibition “Synagogue Sketches of the Western World” is a culmination of those many art works.


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