- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A 105-year-old mural uncovered behind a wall in a synagogue-turned-apartment building has a new home.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1IjeXVX) Lithuanian artist Ben Zion painted the floor-to-ceiling mural in the Chai Adam synagogue in Burlington in 1910. It contains three panels depicting Jewish iconography, including two lions and the Ten Commandments.

In 1939, Chai Adam vacated the building and merged with the Ohavi Zedek synagogue. The mural was hidden behind a false wall. The building was converted into apartments in 1986.

Efforts started in 2012 to uncover the mural and move it to Ohavi Zedek’s lobby. On Wednesday, a crane lifted off part of the roof and then the mural in a specially built steel frame. The 3-ton work was put on a flatbed truck for transport.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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