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Theater & art

Norwell couple re-creates a piece of Jewish history

They have studied every curve of the wood, every beam, peg, and brush stroke that made up the centuries-old structure.

For the last 10 years, Laura and Rick Brown have been immersed in the art and architecture of Poland’s historic Gwozdziec synagogue, as well as that of many other Jewish houses of worship built during the 17th and 18th centuries. At one time, as many as 200 such wooden buildings dotted the Polish-Lithuanian landscape. Of those that made it into the 20th century, none survived the destruction of the Nazis during World War II.

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