Smartphone/Tablet app for Jewish Vienna

JewisViennaApp  It’s summer — and that means traveling time. As we have noted, there is a growing selection of Jewish travel and tourism apps to help visitors interested in visiting Jewish heritage. Here’s one for Jewish Vienna, prepared by the … Continue reading

Poland: Gliwice restoration nearing completion

Photo: Virtual Shtetl © Krzysztof KrzeminskiThe restoration of the ornate, red-brick Ceremonial Hall at the “New” Jewish cemetery in the southern Polish city Gliwice, begun in mid-2014, is nearing completion, and the Jewish Museum slated to be installed there is due to open in early … Continue reading

Lithuania: Hope for saving Žiežmariai wooden synagogue?

Wooden synagogue in Žiežmariai Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberThe City Council of the town of Kaišiadorys has agreed to “adopt” the decaying wooden synagogue in nearby Žiežmariai and help with the restoration of the building, one of only a dozen or so surviving wooden synagogues in east-central Europe. … Continue reading

Lithuania: Underground remains of Vilnius Great Synagogue ID’d

Information placard in Vilnius at the site of the Great Synagogue.The underground remains of the destroyed Great Synagogue and Shulhof in Vilnius have been identified thanks to a ground-penetrating radar survey carried out in June, and an archeological excavation of the site will begin next year. The Israeli Antiquities Authority … Continue reading

Prague Jewish Museum: New video series about its exhibits

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, 1966. By Shirley Moskowitz  The Prague Jewish Museum has recently posted the first five of a projected 10  brief promotional videos aimed at giving a visual introduction to the museum, its venues, its activities and its collections. So far, the videos, each about … Continue reading

Czech Republic: Tribute book to Jiří Fiedler published

Fiedler-bookA tribute book honoring the memory and work of the pioneering Czech Jewish heritage researcher Jiří Fiedler, who along with his wife was brutally murdered in Prague last year, has been published. Called Archivist on a Bicycle, it was published … Continue reading