Samuel D. Gruber, Ph.D, accomplished researcher, author, curator and consultant, is
the founder and managing director of Gruber Heritage Global (GHG) - a cultural resources
consulting firm. GHG includes the Jewish Heritage Research Center (JHRC), which he has
directed since 1995, and also serves the not-for-profit International Survey of Jewish
Monuments (ISJM). Gruber Heritage Global serves as consultant and adviser to numerous
organizations, institutions, private foundations, government agencies and individuals. 

Sam has taught part-time in the Judaic Studies Program at Syracuse University since 1994.
His courses are often cross-listed by the Fine Arts (History of Art), Religion,
Architecture, History and English (ETS) Departments and Schools. Sam has also taught at
Binghamton, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell and Temple Universities where he has offered
courses on medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art, architecture and urbanism; Jewish art
and architecture; Holocaust art; and the history of plastics. 

From 2010 through 2012 he was Curator of the Plastics Collection at the SU Library
Special Collections Research Center, for which he created the content and was design team
leader for the innovative website (http://plastics.syr.edu/) and curator of the
exhibition Just One Word: Plastics in 2011-12. 

For more than twenty years he has been a leader in the documentation, protection,
preservation and presentation of Jewish cultural heritage sites around the world. He was
written two books about synagogue architecture; American Synagogues: A Century of
Architecture and Jewish Community (2003) and Synagogues (1999), and has contributed many
chapters, articles and conference papers to other publications. For many years he edited
the newsletter Jewish Heritage Report and since 2008 he written a popular blog
"Samuel Gruber's Jewish Art and Monuments". 

In 1990, he organized the first international conference on the preservation of historic
and cultural Jewish sites and curated an accompanying exhibition, "The Future of
Jewish Monuments". Subsequently he either chaired or served on the organizing
committees for follow-up conferences in Paris (1999), Prague (2004) and Bratislava
(2009). In April 2013 he was the keynote speaker at the conference "Managing
Immovable Jewish Heritage in Europe" to be held in Krakow, Poland. 

Sam served for a decade as Research Director of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation
of America's Heritage Abroad (1998-2008), for which he planned and supervised more
than a dozen major countrywide surveys of cultural heritage sites of ethnic and religious
minorities, for which he wrote and/or edited published reports. 

As founding director of the Jewish Heritage Council of the World Monuments Fund (WMF),
and subsequently as consultant to WMF, Sam planned and oversaw historic preservation
projects in over a dozen countries, including major documentation, planning and
restoration projects. Completed projects include the Tempel Synagogue in Krakow, Poland,
the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania (Crete), Greece, and synagogues in Mad, Hungary;
Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Pfaffenhoffen, France; and elsewhere. 

He has a B.A, in Medieval Studies from Princeton University (1977), and M.A, M.Phil. and
Ph.D. Degrees from Columbia University in Art History and Archeology with a
specialization in the the history of architecture. His M.A. Paper (1984) was a first-hand
analysis of Early Medieval Italian masonry techniques, he has maintained a research
interest in construction materials and technology - from field stone to plastics. 

His Ph.D. dissertation (1998) is a study of the architecture and urbanism of medieval
Todi, Italy, where among other topics he addressed what he termed the “incremental
urbanism” of medieval hilltowns, which has gradually replaced previous ideas about their
“organic” development. He has published several articles about medieval urbanism and in
recent years has researched medieval Jewish settlement patterns and architecture. He
earned a certificate in surveying and measured drawing from Cornell University (1981).
Sam is a Rome Prize winner (1986-87) and Fellow of the American Academy of Rome, and has
received numerous research grants and has participated in many grant-funded team
projects. 

Sam has participated in numerous archaeological excavations in the United States, Israel
and Italy, including supervisory work at the Medieval Italian monastic site of San
Vincenzo al Volturno in Molise, Italy. He is presently an adviser to many archaeological
projects in Europe and the Caribbean, about which he is writing a book. 

Gruber lives in Syracuse, NY with his wife, the art historian Professor Judith Meighan,
where they have raised their two children, who attended the Syracuse Public Schools and
are now in college. 

In Syracuse, Sam is past president of the Preservation Association of Central New York
(PACNY) and is active in local history and architecture efforts where he continues to
assist many local community organizations, offers popular neighborhood walking tours, and
writes the blog "My Central New York". He also serves as a volunteer on boards
and advisory committees of many cultural organizations in America and abroad. 

Sam is a frequent national and international lecturer and has led intensive international
study trips in Italy, Poland and Morocco. For more information about current engagements
check his blog sites. To book a lecture, contact Sam directly. 

Jewish Art, Architecture & Cultural Heritage Sites

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Book Review: Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, Architectural Record (2014)

Book review of Kabbalah in Art and Architecture by Alexander Gorlin (Pointed Leaf Press, 2013).

 

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Century-Old Jewish Mural's Hidden History in Vermont: Lithuanian Mural Reclaimed from Burlington Apartment, The Jewish Daily Forward (2014)

About the discovery of a 1910 synagogue mural in Burlington, Vermont painted by Lithuanian-Jewish artist...

 

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USA: A Visit to Boston's Vilna Shul, Samuel Gruber's Jewish Art & Monuments (2014)

Discussion and photos of the Vilna Shul in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)

 

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USA: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington - a Fine Modern Synagogue (and the First Ever Designed by a Woman?), Samuel Gruber's Jewish Art & Monuments (2013)

Discussion of architecture of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, Vermont designed by modernist Ruth Freeman...

 

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Report on the April 2013 conference on Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage (with Ruth Ellen Gruber), Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage (2013)

This is an illustrated summary report of the working seminar (conference) on Managing Jewish Immovable...

 

Ethnic & Religious Minority (not Jewish) Cultural Hertiage

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Selected Protestant Historic Monuments and Sites in Bulgaria (2013)

Report of detailed survey of pre-Communist era buildings and sites of significance to Protestant Christian...

 

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Selected Muslim Historic Monuments and Sites in Bulgaria, United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (2010)

2010 report from the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad on...

 

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Roma Historical and Cultural Heritage Sites in Poland, United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (2009)

2009 report from the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad on...

 

Medieval Art, Architecture & Urbanism (not Jewish)

The New Abbey: the early medieval borgo and the twelfth-century monastery (with W. Bowden), Between Text and Territory: Survey and Excavations in the Terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno (2006)
 
Medieval Todi: Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (1998)

Doctoral dissertation about architecture and urbanism of Todi, a ancient-medieval hilltown in Umbria, Italy.

 

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Ordering the Urban Environment: City Statutes and City Planning in Medieval Todi, Italy, deas of Order in the Middle Ages (Acta, 15) (1990)

Discusses the deliberate urban policies that of medieval Todi, Italy that helped create a functioning...

 

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Urbanism, Western Medieval, Scribner's Dictionary of the Middle Ages (1990)

Survey of the architectural aspects of medieval urbanism in Western Europe.

 

Syracuse & Central New York History and Architecture

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City of Syracuse Historic Resources Survey: Washington Square Neighborhood, Volume 1 (with Bruce G. Harvey Dr.) (2013)

Historical overview and map analysis of the Washington Square Neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, originally...

 

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City of Syracuse Historic Resources Survey: Washington Square Neighborhood, Volume 2: Survey Forms (with Bruce G. Harvey Dr.) (2013)

Historical overview and map analysis of the Washington Square Neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, originally...

 

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Video interview: "Why Save Urban Churches?", Syracuse.com (2013)

Video interview by Tim Knauss with Sam Gruber about the plight of historic churches in...

 

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The Role of Neighborhood Theaters, Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) (2003)
 

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Underground Railroad, Underpublicized Hero, in (Syracuse) Post-Standard (2002)

Lead article in Sunday Opinion Section re 19th century Abolitionist Rev. Jermaine Loguen

 

Plastics

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Just One Word: Plastics, 16 pp illustrated essay in conjunction with exhibition (2011)

Introduction to an exhibition (Sept 2011-Jan 2012) of highlights from the Plastics Collection at the...

 

Public Art, Monuments & Memory

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Preliminary Survey of Sites Associated with the Lives and Deeds of Foreign-born Heroes of the American Revolution, United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (2002)

2002 report from the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad on...

 

Contemporary Art

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Video presentation: Sam Gruber talks about Shirley Moskowitz (2007)

Samuel Gruber speaks about his mother, the artist Shirley Moskowitz, at the opening of an...

 

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A 94-Foot Retelling of Jewish History, The Jewish Daily Forward (2007)

Review of retrospective exhibition of renowned Jewish and feminist art Ruth Weisberg at the Skirball...

 

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At Syracuse University, Undulating Walls Commemorate Vanishing Barriers, The Jewish Daily Forward (2004)

A discussion about the art and symbolism of a new Sol Lewitt sculpture at Syracuse...

 

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Shirley Moskowitz at Seventy-Five, exhibition catalogue essay in Shirley Moskowitz: a Half Century of Art (January 19-February 9, 1996) (1996)

Essay about the life and art of Shirley Moskowitz for catalog of retrospective exhibit.