European Day of Jewish Culture — Sept. 14

poster2014  The annual European Day of Jewish Culture is just around the corner. This year the cross-border event takes place September 14. The theme this year is “Women in Judaism.” Hundreds of events and initiatives are planned in:   Austria, Belgium, Bosnia … Continue reading

Clean-up at Vilna Ghetto Jewish Library building

Map of the Vilnius map on a wall in the city. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberOften we think of Jewish built heritage in terms of synagogue buildings, mikvaot, Jewish cemeteries, and other sites with religious association. Or Holocaust memorial sites, former ghettos and Jewish quarters, Jewish schools, rabbis’ houses, and the like. Clean-up operations for such … Continue reading

New(ish) Jewish heritage publications in Italy

Old Jewish cemetery, Venice. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  For Italian speakers, two recent books highlight Jewish heritage in Italy. “Andare per Ghetti e Giudecche,” by Anna Foa (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014). “Il cimitero ebraico in Italia: Storia e architettura di uno spazio identitario,” by  Andrea Morpurgo (Macerata: … Continue reading

Upcoming cemetery commemorations in Poland

serock monumentSeveral ceremonies are scheduled in Poland in the next couple of months, at the conclusion of restoration or commemorative projects at Jewish cemeteries overseen by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ): August 27 – Serock, near … Continue reading