The Lost Mural Part 1

Location: Burlington
Tag(s): Art and Culture
Historical Category: Historic Preservation
Video Date: 1/28/2021

The Lost Mural, showing biblical imagery from the Old Testament, was painted by Lithuanian artist Ben Zion Black in 1910. Originally in Chai Adam Synagogue on Hyde Street in Burlington, it was intentionally hidden behind a false wall in 1986 when the synagogue was converted into an apartment building. It was successfully moved to Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in 2015.  the Lost Mural represents a lost genre of wooden painted synagogues that was prevalent in eastern Europe.

This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 ( and the Vermont Historical Society.

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