Jewish Heritage Europe

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

ShUM 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 →

Lithuania: Šeduva Jewish cemetery by drone

    Drone videography is becoming widespread…..seeing Jewish cemeteries from above provides a new perspective and puts them into the context of their surroundings. We have already linked to a drone video of the Jewish cemetery in Bialystok, Poland. Here’s … continue reading →

Jewish Gravestones: Reflecting on Portraits

  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 →

Greece: Monastiriotes synagogue in Thessaloniki restored

  The Monastiriotes synagogue in Thessaloniki, Greece, one of the few synagogues to have survived in a city that before World War II had nearly 60, was ceremoniously reopened this month after a full restoration.   Designed by the Czech … continue reading →

Lithuania: Restoration work on Žiežmariai wooden synagogue

  We reported a few days ago about state grants to Jewish heritage projects, specifically the restoration of synagogues, in Lithuania. One of these was €80,000 granted as first stage funding to repair the roof and facade of the wooden … continue reading →