New permanent Jewish exhibit in Pécs, HU, synagogue

Synagogue in Pécs, Hungary. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  A new, permanent exhibit on the history of Jews in Pécs and surrounding Baranya County, from the 18th century to the present, has been opened in the city’s synagogue. According to the Hungarian news agency MTI, the exhibit, which opened just … Continue reading

Posing the question — in 1990: should old synagogues in eastern Europe be saved

Rumbach st. synagogue, Budapest, exterior, Dec. 2011  Our previous post highlighted an article by Phyllis Myers in this month’s Moment Magazine in which she poses the old question: should old synagogues in eastern Europe be saved? Her answer was a decided YES. It is important to remember, however, … Continue reading

Revisiting an old question: Are the old synagogues of eastern Europe worth saving?

The ark in the restored Renaissance synagogue in Zamosc, Poland.In a compelling essay for Moment Magazine, Phyllis Myers,  a conservation policy and politics adviser to governments and private groups, returns to consider a question she first addressed some 25 years ago — a question that we at JHE feel has long been answered: … Continue reading

Inauguration of newly restored synagogue in Debrecen, Hungary

Photo: MTI/Csegledi Zsolt  Mazel tov! Just in time for Rosh Hashana, a ceremony in Debrecen, Hungary on Sunday celebrated the re-opening of the city’s 104-year-old Kápolnás street synagogue, after a fullscale renovation financed as part of a  more than €1.41 million grant from the European Union’s … Continue reading

U.S. congress member honored for law protecting cemeteries

meng award  The United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad  has honored U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) for having sponsored a new law, the “Protect Cemeteries Act,”  that makes the desecration of cemeteries a violation of religious freedom. Meng … Continue reading

Two new e-books on Jewish heritage in Romania

Carved stone in Jewish cemetery in Gura Humorului, romania. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberTwo books on Jewish heritage in Romania that were originally published in hardback have now come out as E-books on the i-Books platform, available via iTunes, making them finally available to a wider public. Click the blue links to get … Continue reading