Here are two links to web sites that have already started spreading the word about the Gwozdziec synagogue:
scroll down after clicking on the link to the guardians best news pictures of February first.
The second one is a Gazeta of Warsaw article with pictures.
No worries here is Olga's translation:
GORGEOUS TENT IN THE MUSEUM. THE DECORATIONS ARE DAZZLING
This construction is a masterpiece of timber framing and painted decorations dazzle with the richness of colors and patterns. The replica of the Gwoździec synagogue roof is the first assembled piece of the main exposition of the Museum of History of Polish Jews.
In the basement of the museum building in Muranów, called also "minus 208 level", one can hear drills whirring and hammers knocking. Team of several people is working on a wooden structure reminding a tent.
A complicated skeleton, made out of circa 400 elements, is hanging on massive chains and slinges, 1.6 m beneath the ground. From below, temporary beam cribbing provides the support. Thanks to that, without fear, one can stand underneath and see the ceiling, formed out of more than 300 hundred boards. It is hard to take eyes off the paintings- You can see mythical and real animals here, zodiac signs and floral motives. They all form a visual prayer and lead worshipers towards the East side, where Aron ha-kodesh altar was situated- explains Rick Brown, in charge of works.
TWO YEARS OF WORKING IN FIR
The idea to include this replica the synagogue roof in the gallery presenting old jewish towns was born long before works on the construction site have begun. Architects submitting their projects had to design special place for it. In order to fit such a big construction, 8 m tall, it was necessary to leave a hole in the ceiling between the basement and the ground floor- We are making a building inside a buidling- says Robert Supeł, director in charge of the main exposition.
In 2008, american organization called Handhouse Studio from Massachusetts, contacted the Museum. The Studio, run by Laura and Rick Brown, provides classes in reconstructing historical wooden objects. They have already prepared an exhibition about XVII and XVIII century synagogues from historical Poland. Browns proposed to make especially for the Museum, a replica of a roof of a wooden synagogue from Gwoździec, near Kołomyja (today- Ukrainian territories), which was built in the first half of XVII century. The roof reminded of a tent, hiding a two-level ceiling over the room of prayers. Paintings were made by two local artists: Izaak Bar with his son, Israel Liśnicki from Jaryczów, and later- Izaak Leb, son of Jehuda Hakohen from Jaryczów. - This ceiling was a breakthrough in the architecture of synagogues, also had it's decorative value- explains Robert Supeł.