CONGREGATION EMANU EL
Sacred Sites Quest
Cues & Clues Script
For our Congregation Emanu El Temple Visit Cues & Clues for our Visit to the larger worship space: Barish Sanctuary: How is the worship space in the Barish Sanctuary set up? What are the seats/pews like? Are they similar to or different from other SSQ sanctuaries we have visited? If so, how so? Why? What do you see that is similar to other sacred spaces we have visited? What do you see—or not see—that is different? How is the sanctuary lit? What are the panels on the side walls for? What are the phrases (or words) posted on the walls of the sanctuary? What do these phrases come from? Why might they have been selected for special emphasis like this? How is the “bimah” area similar to—or different from—other altars from various other sacred spaces we have visited? What is the central part—or focal point—of the bimah? What thoughts, feelings, or other impressions arise for you as you sit in the (larger) Barish Sanctuary? Can you imagine what it would be like to participate in a religious service in that space?
After leaving the Barish Sanctuary, spend some time viewing the works of art on exhibit in the Emanu El gallery. What are some of the images you see there? Which of them resonate most for you? Why? What else can you learn about Jewish faith, tradition, or history from the artworks on view in the gallery? Are any of the symbols, tropes, or images religiously universal ones? Or do they seem more particular to Judaism, per se? More queries to ponder re: the (smaller) Proler Chapel. How is it different from the larger Barish Sanctuary? o Note that certain features are common to all sanctuaries. What else is similar between the two? What is the significance of the hexagonal shapes in the ceiling panels? o How do they work and contribute to the worship atmosphere?