Reproduction of Frieze of Prophets, Jewish Community Center Library, Rochester, NYIn the first half of the 20th century, according to its own literature, the Jewish Center movement aimed to provide for the “development of a consciously Jewish life, properly integrated in the life of the community at large.” The movement’s supporters strongly promoted such common American values as democracy and personal freedom. The movement’s primary mission, however, concerned Jewish identity and Jewish citizenship; it hoped to inspire its members “with the idealism that is their spiritual heritage as Jews.” To Roth and Markus, Sargent’s Frieze seemed well suited to these ends.
Reproduction of Frieze of Prophets
Jewish Community Center library,
Rochester, New York (photo ca. 1940?)
The Triumph of Religion