On our trip we explored religious architecture from the old Sephardic synagogue in Tzfat, filled with colors and murals, to the minimalist Hecht Synagogue at Hebrew University, deisgned by architect Ron Carmi, with a stunning picture window overlooking the old city.
In this discussion I asked the artists to consider the experience of being in a sacred space, as individuals and as members of a community. I pointed out that every synagogue in the US faces east, towards the old city and the western wall. The synagogue we were in had a huge picture window overlooking the place that all those other synagogues were oriented towards. With each stop on our trip we moved closer to the center of religious Jewish life., the Western Wall. The following day, Friday, we finally visited the Wall for the first time.