Jewish Płock – Architectural Visions and Realizations

Model of the Great Synagogue in Płock, by Zdzisław LeszczyńskiThe exhibition “Jewish Płock – Architectural Visions and Realizations” opens December 4 at the Museum of Mazovian Jews, which is located in a former synagogue in the town northwest of Warsaw. Curated by Gabriela Nowak of the Mazovian Museum and Agnieszka Wojciechowska … Continue reading

There’s hope for restoration of ruined Constanța, Romania synagogue

Constanţa Ashkenazic synagogue, August 2014. Photo © Dejan Petrovic  The first steps have been taken toward the possible restoration of the ruined Ashkenazic Great Synagogue in the Black Sea port city of Constanța, Rpmania. A team of architects visited the site this week to assess the condition of the devastated … Continue reading

Ruckus over Edirne, Turkey synagogue restoration appears resolved

Edirne Buyuk Sinagogu By Yabancı (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsThere was a disturbing ruckus this past week over what appeared to be an attempt to use the nearly-completed restoration of the 1907 Büyük Synagogue (Great Synagogue) in Edirne, Turkey as a political tool within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On November 21, the … Continue reading

Is “authenticity” over-rated….? A provocative article poses the question

  The theme of the just-concluded annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums was “Approaches to Authenticity: the Virtual vs. the Material vs. the Recreated” — JHE coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber spoke on a panel there devoted to that … Continue reading