What people are saying:


“Gruber [is] America’s foremost authority on the preservation of Jewish sites”

— Arnold Berke, Preservation Magazine


Sam Gruber is a captivating speaker whose wealth of knowledge about Jewish architectural sites is unparalleled. His lectures are learned, stimulating, and provide rich visual documentation of important trends in the Jewish built environment.

–Prof. Gavriel Rosenfeld, Professor of History and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Judaic Studies at Fairfield University


“Sam is a brilliant scholar and writer and an engaging, accessible speaker. He makes architectural history interesting with beautiful images and well-researched anecdotes.”

– Ann-Isabel Friedman, Director, New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program


Our congregants thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Gruber’s three lecture series on the history of Jewish art. They found the series enjoyable, stimulating and informative. It was the highlight of our adult education programming for the year. We are receiving many requests to try and engage Dr. Gruber for another series of lectures.

–Barbara Simon, Executive Director & David Simon, co chair, Adult Education Committee, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Syracuse, New York


Dr. Sam Gruber lectured at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT in 2011 on “Arise and Build: American Synagogues and Jewish Identity.” Participants, both from our synagogue community and from the Greater Hartford area, were fascinated by his knowledge and his ability to clearly discuss the relationship of synagogue design with the changes in the organization of the American Jewish community and its relationship to American culture as a whole. Dr. Gruber also gave us additional information of the specifics of our own historic sanctuary. He is engaging, knowledgeable, and generously willing to share his expertise. We at Beth Israel would heartily recommend him for any program or scholar-in-residence covering topics around synagogue architecture!

— Jane Zande, Membership Director, Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT