The Easton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will sponsor a bus trip to the Beth Sholom Congregation, Elkins Park, PA, on October 18, 2009.
The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who accepted the commission in September 1953. The building was completed and consecrated in 1959. With its steeply incline walls of translucent fiber glass and plastic projecting skyward, like a “luminous Mount Sinai” (wrights description), the synagogue has been cited as an example of the Mayan revival architecture style. During the day the interior is lighted by natural light entering through the translucent walls overhead. The main sanctuary is large enough to hold over 1000 people, and the second sanctuary holds roughly 100.
The design is considered by critics to be the “most expressive” drafted in Wright’s career for any house of worship. In 2007 the building was named a National Historic Landmark.
The bus will leave the old Lowes Parking lot at 8:00 AM and returns at 4:00 PM.
The cost of the tour, including transportation and lunch at the Marco Polo restaurant, is $75.00. The event benefits the Easton Branch’s Mature Woman’s Educational Grant and is open to the public.
The AAUW mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.
Reservations must be made by October 9, 2009. For more information, or to reserve a place, please contact Lois Krum at 410-673-7794 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.