Plans for new Jewish (or Jewish-related) museums in Poland in the works

Replica of the destroyed wooden synagogue of Wolpe, under construction in Bilgoraj, Poland. Photo Agata SaganMuch attention this year focused on the opening of the core exhibit of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. But four or five other new Jewish museums, or museums with Jewish themes,  are under development … Continue reading

Poland notes: Travel App; Online Cemetery Research, Exhibitions & more

Gateway to the Remuh synagogue, Krakow. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  So much goes on in Poland regarding Jewish built heritage that it can be hard to keep up… Some developments we are posting on individually, but here is a round up of some other recent news:   NEW APP … Continue reading

Izmir Jewish Heritage Tourism project formally launched

IzmirThe Izmir Jewish Heritage Tourism project was formally launched as a tourism venture in Turkey this month at the Travel Turkey Izmir International Tourism Fair, which took place Dec. 4-7. The tourism project is being carried out by the GPC … Continue reading

Jewish Museum in Moldova reopens after revamp

Ribbon-cutting at the opening ceremony of the revamped Jewish museum in Chisinau. Photo courtesy Jewish Heritage in Moldova    The Jewish Heritage of Moldova Museum, in Chisinau, Moldova, reopened at Hanukkah after being closed for a year while its main permanent exhibition was revamped and updated. According to the Museum, the new exhibition includes an interactive component … Continue reading

Serbia: Restoration work on historic mikveh in Pirot

Mikveh in Pirot, Dec. 13, 2014. Photo © Jasna Ciric    Work has been started — and apparently is progressing — to restore and preserve the historic mikveh (ritual bath) in Pirot, Serbia. Thanks to Jasna Ciric, the president of the Jewish community in nearby Nis, who has kindly … Continue reading

Lights for the Festival of Lights!

Rychnov nad Kneznou, Czech Republic: Hanukkah-type menorahs flank the ark in the restored synagogue, now a Jewish museum  JHE wishes all of our readers a very happy Hanukkah and holiday season! Hanukkah — the Festival of Lights — lasts this year from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24. During the festival Jews light a special nine-branched Hanukkah Menorah, … Continue reading

Watch rededication of Bucharest Choral Synagogue live online

Photo © FEDROMJust a note — you can watch the rededication ceremony of the Choral Temple in Bucharest complete with a Hanukkah candle-lighting and concert, live on the internet, starting at 18.00 (Romanian time) Dec. 16 at : http://live.fcer.ro (PC or MAC) … Continue reading

Choral Synagogue in Bucharest to be rededicated after 8-year renovation

Choral posterCelebrating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of its construction, Bucharest’s Choral Synagogue will be rededicated on Dec. 16 — the first night of Hanukkah — following an extensive, eight-year renovation process. The restoration was realized with the support of … Continue reading