Lithuania — updated pictures, Pakruojis

Wooden synagogue in Pakruojis with sign for restoration grant (already seemingly outdated...)  We posted recently on the EEA grant awarded toward the restoration of the long-derelict wooden synagogue in Pakruojis, Lithuania, which is to be rehabilitated and turned into a library. Jewish Heritage Europe coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber and several other … Continue reading

Current & upcoming photo exhibitions on Jewish heritage sites

Radauti, Romania. WomenIt seems that a growing number of photographers are focusing on Jewish heritage sites and exhibiting their photographs in museums and galleries. Jewish heritage sites have long been an inspiration to artists and photographers — and a number of photographic … Continue reading

Jewish cemetery round-up: in 3 countries, 2 rededicated and 2 vandalized

New fence and gate at Jewish cemetery in Jozefov Bilgorajski. Photo courtesy of FODZIn the news this month have been the rededication of two Jewish cemeteries Poland after restoration — but also the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries, on in the Czech Republic and one in Austria. The restored Jewish cemeteries in Józefów Biłgorajski … Continue reading

Latvia: Restoration of wooden “Green Synagogue” in Rezekne progresses

Green Synagogue in Rezekne, 2009, before restoration began. Photo: Aadne Sollid    The long-delayed restoration of the wooden “Green Synagogue” in Rezekne, Latvia — built around 1845 and one of the few wooden synagogues still standing in Europe — is progressing, with the target date for completion of the project … Continue reading

Call for applications — First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

We are happy to post this notice of what looks like it will be a fascinating — and necessary — course next spring. Rather fittingly, the deadline for submitting the application form is November 9,  2015 — the anniversary of Kristallnacht.   International … Continue reading

UK: Penzance Jewish cemetery restoration complete

Penzance book  Restoration work at the 18th century Jewish cemetery in Penzance, Cornwall has been completed but the cemetery will remain closed to the general public until Spring 2016. This, reports the Friends of the Jewish Cemetery, will be “to give the … Continue reading