Raise the Roof  will Air on Public Television

Starting November 1st, American Public Broadcasting will release Raise the Roof to more than 200 public television stations across the country. Those stations will begin broadcasting in late 2017 and continue through 2018. World Channel will also broadcast Raise the Roof nationally on 151 stations. When broadcast information becomes available, we will post dates and times by state and city.

They set out to reconstruct a lost synagogue.
They recovered a lost world.

a feature documentary by Yari & Cary Wolinsky
2015, USA, 85min, Screening Formats: DVD, BluRay and DCP

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. The Gwoździec roof was unveiled in 2014 as the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.






Rockville, MD — Nov 17
Chicago, IL — Nov 30
Waltham, MA — Dec 8

Walnut Creek, CA — Mar 3
Mt. Vernon, NY — Mar 4
Hartford JFF, CT — Mar 8 - 18
Buffalo IJFF, NY — Mar 9 - 15



People are saying…

 …you see the joy of being involved in so spiritual an endeavor. The film accelerates like the project itself, becoming increasingly dramatic and exuberant as the many involved approach – and then reach – their goal. “Raise the Roof” assumes a new dimension in this movie, an inspiring documentary indeed.   —Carlo Wolff, Cleveland Jewish Times

Raise the Roof crosses the limits of religion to show selfless compassion.   —Margot Carvallo, Neighbor Newspapers, Atlanta          Read More HERE

Raise the Roof
is distributed by the National Center for Jewish Film. 

If you would like to arrange for a screening, please contact Lisa Rivo at lisarivo@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-8600.