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Photo Essay: On the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, honoring the Jewish soldiers who fell (on all sides)

  Today, November 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. We remember the Jewish soldiers who fell during the conflict — and, in particular, we take a look at the ...

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Visit the JHE Jewish Cemeteries Portal, where we draw together news, information and resources about Jewish cemeteries and gravestones, as well as information on best-practices and on preservation and documentation. If you have a question you can ask for advice on projects — through the new EJCAN European Jewish Cemetery Advisory Network.
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Kaddish in Norway: On the trail of Stolpersteine/snublestein/stumbling blocks

The scholars Ruth Mandel and Rachel Lehr are carrying out ethnographic research about site-specific artists’ responses to the Holocaust. They describe here what they are finding as they investigate the Stolpersteine  (stumbling stones) project by the German artist Gunter Demnig, which installs brass plates affixed to cobblestones, bearing the names and dates of birth, deportation, and murder or survival of victims of Nazi Germany, in front of the victims’ last residence. To date there are more than 70,000 in 24 countries. They start in Norway, where they travelled 5,000 km with Demnig, observing and taking part in installation ceremonies.

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all-day Ornament of their city – the syn... @ Kaiserslautern Stadtmuseum
Ornament of their city – the syn... @ Kaiserslautern Stadtmuseum
Sep 22 – Dec 23 all-day
Ornament of their city - the synagogue of Kaiserslautern, 1886-1938 @ Kaiserslautern Stadtmuseum | Kaiserslautern | Rheinland-Pfalz | Germany
A special exhibit tells the story of the creation and destruction of the grand synagogue in Kaiserslautern, German, once hailed as the “ornament of their city.” Inaugurated in 1886, the synagogue, was designed by the “once well-known, now somewhat forgotten” ... continue reading →
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10:00 “Seven Crates of Jewish Material... @ Jewish Museum Munich
“Seven Crates of Jewish Material... @ Jewish Museum Munich
Nov 6 2018 @ 10:00 – May 1 2019 @ 17:00
At the beginning of the 20th century in Bavaria, when a great many Jews moved to the cities or emigrated, rural congregations faced the threat of disappearing altogether. What remained were the sometimes splendid synagogues with their exquisite ritual objects. ... continue reading →
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19:30 Photograph exhibit on Lithuanian... @ Erdemuseum Berlin
Photograph exhibit on Lithuanian... @ Erdemuseum Berlin
Nov 9 @ 19:30 – Nov 30 @ 17:00
A photo exhibit called “Fields full of souls: Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania” by Ellis Berlijn. About fifteen pictures taken in Alytus, Seirijai, and Kaunas will be on display.  The exhibit opens Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 30
Nov
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20:00 30th anniversary Open House @ Jewish Museum Frankfurt
30th anniversary Open House @ Jewish Museum Frankfurt
Nov 10 @ 20:00 – Nov 16 @ 02:00
The Jewish Museum of Frankfurt, Germany is celebrating its 30th birthday with a five-day Open House festival featuring talks, exhibits, and other events — ending with a dance party. During the events, visitors can also see the work going on ... continue reading →
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all-day Jewish Experiences in Eastern Eu... @ Einstein Forum, Potsdam
Jewish Experiences in Eastern Eu... @ Einstein Forum, Potsdam
Nov 11 – Nov 13 all-day
The Holocaust decimated Eastern Europe’s Jewish communities, but it didn’t obliterate them. Several million Jews were living in the Soviet Union and its newly expanded sphere of influence after the end of the Second World War. Their postwar experiences are ... continue reading →
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14:00 Synagogues of Piemonte @ Centre Fleg Marseille
Synagogues of Piemonte @ Centre Fleg Marseille
Nov 13 @ 14:00 – 16:00
Synagogues of Piemonte @ Centre Fleg Marseille | Marseille | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France
Looking toward the Ark in the synagogue in Cuneo, Italy   A talk about the synagogues in Italy’s Piedmont region, by Emmanuel Attyasse, who runs the “Patrimoine et Culture du Judaïsme” Facebook page.
18:00 Geography of Hasidism @ Budapest CEU
Geography of Hasidism @ Budapest CEU
Nov 13 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Geography of Hasidism @ Budapest CEU | Budapest | Hungary
  Wroclaw University scholar Marcin Wodzinski discusses his new book The Historical Atlas of Hasidism.