Upcoming & Recent Events

Sam Gruber available for public lectures and presentations as well as private tours and consulting. To learn more click here.


Life and Art in Medieval Assisi & its Environs (at Art Workshop International, Assisi, Italy) July 12 – July 25



“Arnold W. Brunner (1857-1925) and the First Generation of American-born Jewish Architects.,” paper to presented at International Congress “Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture”, Hamburg, Germany (November 6-8, 2018)

“Architecture Walking Tour: Arts & Crafts Houses in the Berkeley Park Neighborhood,” Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York (Oct. 13, 2018)

“Tent, Tabernacle, Synagogues: A Modern take on an Ancient Form,” European Association of Jewish Studies, Krakow, Poland (July 18, 2018)

“Arts & Crafts Architecture Walking Tour:  Houses in the Salt Springs and Scottholm Neighborhoods,” Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York (June 3, 2018)

“American Synagogue Wall Painting 1860-1960: A Bridge Between Two Worlds,” invited lecture, The Harry Friedman Society, The Jewish Museum, NY (May 27, 2018)


“The Art of Jewish Symbols: Tablets / Ten Commandments,” Community Class at Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse, NY (Dec. 5, 2017)

The Art of Jewish Symbols: Tent, Tabernacle & Temple,” Community Class at Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse, NY (Nov. 28, 2017)

“The Art of Jewish Symbols: The Menorah,” Community Class at Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse, NY (Nov. 7, 2017)

Scholar-in-Residence, Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas (October 19-21, 2017).

  • Thursday October 19:  They Shall Make Me a Sanctuary: An Illustrated History of Synagogue Architecture
  • Friday October 20: Torah and Sacred Space: The Bible as Building Manual
  • Saturday October 21: Arise and Build: Temple Beth El and American Synagogue Design

Presenter, M-Power-U, Menorah Park (Syracuse Jewish Family Service) (October 9, 2017)

The Stone Shall be a Witness: Strategies for the Preservation  and Presentation of Destroyed Structures,” Presentation at International Conference “How to Commemorate the Great Synagogue of Vilna Site?,” Vilnius, Lithuania Sept 4-5, 2017.

Westcott Neighborhood Ward Wellington Ward House Tour Syracuse, New York.  Wednesday, July 26th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Building Memory: How European Cities Confront (or Avoid) the Holocaust.” Seymour Siegel Memorial Lecture, Saint Lawrence University (April 18, 2017)


Beyond the Second Commandment: Jewish Sculptors and Modern Art” Temple Adath Yeshurun, Kimber Rd, Syracuse, NY, March 19, 2017

Session chair and respondent, Synagogue and Museum Conference, Braunschweig, Germany (Nov. 21-23, 2016)

The Chai Adam Shul Mural in Burlington, Vermont, as Link Between Old World and New,” at  International Workshop “Synagogue Wall Paintings: Research, Preservation, Presentation,” Jerusalem, Israel (September 13-14, 2016)

Jews, Masons, and Cornerstone Laying Ceremonies for synagogues of the South.,” at  Annual Meeting, Southern Jewish Historical Society, Natchez, Mississippi (USA) (November 4-6, 2016)