Jewish Heritage Europe

Samuel Gruber on Why Preserve Religious Heritage Sites

Architectural historian Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, president of the International Survey of Jewish Monuments and a longtime pioneer in Jewish heritage documentation, preservation and conservation,  explains in a video interview why it is important to preserve  and conserve sites of religious heritage — including synagogues and churches.

The interview was for local media in Syracuse, NY, where he lives, and focuses on some specific sites there, but his remarks are valid for such places in general and give a good summation of the issues and the significan of these buildings for broader society as well as the faith communities that use them.