The sanctuary’s ceiling was not extensively decorated, so it offered an inviting canvas to Washington artist Gary Goldberg of Gary Goldberg Fine Arts, who was asked to decorate the inside of the 69-foot cathedral-style dome.

Goldberg studied European synagogues with Moorish-style domes and created an intricate design to “bring alive motifs destroyed in the Holocaust.” He described the stunning effect as “reminiscent of a Fabergé egg.”

  • The finished, gold-leaf ceiling motif.

  • The dome of the building during its time as Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church.