September 01, 2014   6 Elul 5774

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Our Stained Glass Windows  


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We anticipate that the stained glass windows in our congregation’s sanctuary will add to your enjoyment of our historic building. Installed in 1965, the windows were dedicated upon the occasion of the congregation’s one-hundredth anniversary in 1966.

In a central position above the ark is the Sabbath Window, each of its eight panels depicting an element of Shabbat. On the opposite wall, above the choir loft, is a window displaying each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The Window of the High Holy Days, depicting symbols of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in its right panel and of Sukkot in its left panel, is capped by Hebrew text reading: "The Days of Awe". The right panel of the Festival Window contains matzoh and a wine goblet to symbolize the Passover holiday. The left panel displays a Torah scroll, symbolizing the holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the Israelites’ receipt of the Torah.

Six separate windows honor the Prophets of Israel. The Moses Window contains Hebrew text from Exodus: "And God called unto Moses." The Ezekiel Window contains text from that prophet’s book: "Can these bones live?" The Hebrew in the Amos window reads: "Let justice well up as waters." The Isaiah Window says: "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb." The text in the Jeremiah Window addresses God: "Heal me and I shall be healed. Save me and I shall be saved." The Micah Window contains the text: "Each shall sit under their vine and under their fig tree, and none shall make them afraid."

The Priestly Benediction Windows at the stairway exits from the sanctuary show the Priest’s raised hands as the benediction found in the Book of Numbers is recited: "May God bless you and protect you."

Please contact the Temple office if you would like a brochure containing a more complete description of the windows.

Photos by Jonathan Fickies of the Times Union

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