Irish Jewish Museum gets OK for expansion

Ireland’s Planning Appeals Board, or An Bord Pleanála (ABP), has  given the go-ahead for an ambitious, €10 million expansion, upgrade and modernization of Dublin’s Irish Jewish Museum. The museum “is very pleased with the decision […] concerning the necessary plans … Continue reading

Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow is honored

Mazel tov to the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, which has been awarded the “Kryształy Soli” (“Salt Crystals”) Prize in the category of “Preserving the cultural heritage” awarded by the Marshal of the Małopolska Voivodship.  The museum reports that: The Minister … Continue reading

Competition announced for Virtual Jewish museum tour in Italy

The Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) has announced a competition to develop a “Virtual Tour” of Jewish museums in four Italian cities — Rome, Venice, Bologna and Casale Monferrato — that will work on computers, smartphone and tablets. The … Continue reading

The Dorfmans’ photo archive and Yad Vashem

Starting in 1987, American-born Israeli educators Rivka and Ben-Zion Dorfman roamed central and eastern Europe, documenting synagogue buildings that were abandoned,  transformed, ruined, and occasionally still used for Jewish worship —  in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, northern Italy, Greece, and the … Continue reading

Video report summarizing Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage Conference

The Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage conference in Krakow took place back in April, but its impact is still being felt. The themes, discussions and presentations by the 100 or so participants from two dozen countries underscore all the issues we … Continue reading

Wooden Synagogues Route added to AEPJ web site

The Association for the Preservation and Promotion of European Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) has added a second route to its European Routes of Jewish Heritage section. This one is a Route of Wooden Synagogues in Central and Eastern Europe. … Continue reading

Sam Gruber’s second “Lost Shul” lecture on synagogue painting

Following our previous post — here’s Dr. Samuel D. Gruber’s second “Lost Shul” lecture, Nov. 10, in Burlington VT, on synagogue painting in Eastern European Jewish tradition. (We also added this to our original post Dec. 10).