Netherlands: Restoration of Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue completed; Queen attends ceremony

  Two years of restoration work on Amsterdam’s historic Portuguese synagogue — or “Esnoga” — have been completed, and Queen Beatrix attended the festive celebration Dec. 20 marking the completion of work and presentation of the newly accessible treasure rooms. … Continue reading

Lithuania — Jewish gravestone fragments used as building materials for a school

In Vilnius, the  hillside Užupis cemetery, the final resting place of some 70,000 people, was demolished under  Soviet rule in the 1960s and basically used as a quarry for building material….Many of the gravestones were used to construct a stairway … Continue reading