PARAVUR SYNAGOGUE ARK
When the Jews left for Israel few decades ago, they took along the highly carved ark (heichal) that was part of the Paravur synagogue and is now part of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Although it is not a practise to reconstruct carved elements, a decision was taken to reconstruct the ark (heichal) considering the fact that our heritage was taken out of the country. But it was not easy to draw the ark (heichal) by looking at the different photographs from the museum. Clerine Patteri, an architect at our office had worked on the drawing for more than three months looking into the depth and breadth of the details of the carving. The craftsmen have reconstructed the ark (heichal0, which is 18 feet tall and nine and a half feet wide. Our sincere thanks to Tirza Lavi and Marian Sofaer for helping us in this endeavour.