New “Have Your Say” op-ed! Jewish spaces, German obligation, World Heritage?

Rebuilt menShUM is an acronym of the first letters of the medieval Hebrew names of three cities in Germany: Shin (Sh) = Shpira = Speyer; Vav (represented as U) = Warmaisa = Worms; and Mem (M) = Magenza = Mainz. In … Continue reading

Jewish Gravestones: Reflecting on Portraits

Portrait on a gravestone in the Jewish cemetery of Brno, Czech Republic  Starting in the latter part of the 19th century, Jewish gravestones in parts of Europe often included laminated photographs (or even sometimes sculpted portraits) of the deceased.  Some of the photos are haunting (such as the one pictured above.) … Continue reading

Macedonia: Restoration of Štip Jewish cemetery nears completion

Screen shot from the mia.mk web site showing restored Jewish cemetery in Stip  Restoration work on the long-ruined Jewish cemetery in Štip, in eastern Macedonia, is being completed, the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA) reports. It says the work has been carried out by the city museum and Bureau for Preservation of Monuments … Continue reading

Lithuania: Report on 2015 activities of MACEVA Jewish cemetery organization

At the Jewish cemetery in Svencionys, LithuaniaMACEVA, the Lithuanian Jewish cemetery catalogue, has published a report providing an overview of its activities in 2015 — including documentation of cemeteries,  digitization of photographs of headstones, cemetery clean-up workshops and other activities. Highlights include: — an international two-week … Continue reading

Lithuania news: grants for synagogue (& other) restorations; progress at Pakruojis

Kalvarija-school-wm1  The Heritage department of Lithuania’s Ministry of Culture has allocated funding grants for several synagogues and Jewish or Jewish-related heritage sites around the country. According to a document published by the Heritage department, these include: — The synagogue of … Continue reading