The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury presents Synagogue Architecture and Jewish Identity: Lecture and Tour on Sunday, October 23 from 9:30am-3:00pm. Join the museum for day in the Hartford area to discover the architecture of American synagogues and how it reflects American Jewish identity.

   The tour will begin at the Charter Oak Cultural Center, the first synagogue built in the state which has become a vibrant center of community culture. Then travel to Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in West Hartford where Samuel Gruber, Ph.D., will present Arise and Build: American Synagogues and Jewish Identity, a talk on the evolving form and meaning of the American synagogue, especially in the 20th century. Focusing on synagogue design, Dr. Gruber will trace changes in the organization of the American Jewish community and its relationship to American culture as a whole. Dr. Gruber was trained as a medievalist, architectural historian, and archaeologist.

   Meet at the Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus in Southbury at 9:30am or at the Mattatuck Museum at 10:00am. Lunch not included. Admission to Synagogue Architecture and Jewish Identity is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for the member discount. Please register in advance at or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10. 

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.