Shua Kisilevitz is a graduate student in the Department of Archaeology in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; she is also sister to Merav Gardi, who has contributed greatly to the EHC’s cheder. Shua will describe to us two recent discoveries of Jewish monumental religious buildings in Israel which shed new light on the use of iconography in the evolving religion. At Tel Motza, near Jerusalem, renewed excavations uncovered an early Israelite (9th century BCE) temple from the First Temple Period. At Horvat Huqoq, in the Lower Galilee, continuing excavations have revealed a large synagogue built in the Byzantine period (5th century CE). Stunning mosaics decorate the synagogue floor, and include scenes from the Bible and the Apocrypha.
Marian Oppenheim Hall, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, 4 Salisbury Road, 2-4pm.