Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, begins at sundown tonight. Jews around the world will celebrate the beginning of year 5776 according to one of the world's oldest continuously observed calendars with festive family meals, religious observances for those so inclined, and by listening to the haunting sounds from the blowing of the shofar, or ram's horn. which you can listen to here. Although Second Life has many beautiful places of worship to visit, including a great number of cathedrals and churches, I could find only a few examples of jewish synagogues. I wanted to feature one here today, and am showing photographing pencil drawings of one particularly beautiful example the Beth Shalom (House of Peace) Synagogue
Beth Shalom is contained within the attractive MHC Italian Villas Rentals complex and is built in a similar terracotta mediterranean style. I found the domed structure, constructed in a Byzantine style used quite frequently in synagogue design in the 19th and 20th centuries, to be one of the most attractive religious structures of any kind in Second Life. The interior, most notably the magnificent dome interior, stained glass windows, and detailing around the red-clothed Ark where the Torah or Bible Scrolls are kept, is particularly well done. This is a very beautiful and highly recommended destination, particularly for curious Second Life residents who have never visited a synagogue in the actual world.
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Note from Eddi: The above images were processed with a pencil effect (#3) over at Fotosketcher. I want to show you how striking these images look with a brushstroke effect (#10). You can download free Fotosketcher (version 3.2) software at www.fotosketecher.com and try these for yourself.