Talk & Book Signing by Michael Craig Palmer

Michael Craig Palmer is a photographer whose work has recently documented the architectural legacy of the German Jewish exodus from Germany in the 1930s. His first photo book, published by the Bauhaus Center, Tel Aviv in 2016, documents previously ignored aspects of 1930s buildings in Tel Aviv’s historic “White City” district, a center for German and other central European refugees in the 1930s. A selection of Michael’s White City photos was exhibited at the Bauhaus Center, Tel Aviv in 2016, at the Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany in April 2017, in May 2018 in Berlin at the Deutsch-Israelis he Gesellschaft (DIG) and in March 2019 at the provincial parliament in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Michael’s most recently completed project was to photograph buildings of the great German Jewish architect Eric Mendelsohn, from the Einstein Tower near Berlin, Mendelsohn’s breakthrough building, to Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his last building, including his buildings in Israel. Mendelsohn’s adaptation of the spare Modernist ethic to a softer, lyrical style has put him on many short lists for influential architects of the twentieth century.

Michael began his photography career in 2015 with the Tel Aviv White City project. Previously, he had a career in the quantitative sciences.

Sponsored by:

Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids

Gen & Jack Finkelstein Archives of Ahavas Israel

Peg & Mort Finkelstein Archives of Temple Emanuel

Friday, June 28th 2:00 PM at Temple Emanuel

This is a free event.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP recommended to

or call (616) 942-5553


Temple Emanuel

1715 Fulton St E

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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