Upcoming & Recent Events

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


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Discussant at screening  of Sacred Spaces, a new film by Celia Lowenstein

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, National Museum of Jewish History

101 S. Independence Hall East
Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Marc Chagall in Paris, Russia and Israel,” (lecture)

Temple Isaiah, Great Neck, NY

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

“Romaniote Memories: The Photographs of Vincent Giordano a Greek-Jewish culture in New York and Ioannina (lecture)

Embassy of Greece, 2217

Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington D.C. 20008

Thursday, November 28, 2019

“Synagogue Wall Painting: Loss and Forgetting; Rediscovery and Conservation.”

At Art of The Lost Conference at Canterbury Cathedral: discussing the Future of the Past   (November 27-29, 2019)

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England

July 2020

Art in Umbria: From Antiquity to the Renaissance  (a 2-week course)

(at Art Workshop International, Assisi, Italy)



September 19, 2019

“Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from  Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano (Samuel Gruber, curator)

Opening of photo exhibit at the Consulate of Greece in New York

69 East 79th Street, New York, NY

September 15, 2019

“Chelsea’s Walnut Street Shul and the Jewish Tradition of Synagogue Wall Painting”

Founder’s Day  featured speaker (entire event program 2-5 p.m.)

Walnut Street Synagogue, 145 Walnut Street, Chelsea, Massachusetts

July 12-July 25

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)