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Thomas Hubka
Thomas Hubka is a professor of architectural history specializing in vernacular architecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee campus. In the mid-1980's he learned about wooden synagogues while visiting relatives in Poland.

Hubka's 2003 book, Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community, focuses on the Gwoździec synagogue, which he picked because it had the best documentation still remaining.1

Subsequently the people running the Handshouse Studio connected with him as well as with the Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews. That collaboration resulted in constructing an 85% replica of the Gwoździec synagogue roof and cupola, which is installed in the Warsaw museum.  (My granddaughter Kayla Ginsburg was briefly a part of this replica project. I'm exceedingly proud of her, as I am of the rest of our kids and grandkids.)

1. "I picked Gwozdziec because it had the most complete historical records of the wooden synagogues, including construction detail, Jewish communities, etc. but most of all, complete photos of the interior walls and paintings." (Private email, 31 Jan. 2012.) I imagine Hubka's research and documentation was a major reason this synagogue is in the Warsaw museum.

2. The internet lists as alternative names: Gvozdets (Russian), Gwoździec (Polish), Gvozdetz or Gvodzitz or גוואזדזיעץ (Yiddish), Hvizdec', Gvozhdziyets, Гвіздець and Gvozdzets.
Gwoździec is pronounced Gov-vosz-djets, approximately.
3. Some of this material was originally in footnote 2b on the main synagogue page, and I occasionally err by putting additional material there instead of on this page.

Last modified 3 Apr 2016