Shana tova!

The dome of the synagogue in Florence, Italy, framed by pomegranates -- a symbol of the new year -- on some of the many pomegranate trees in the synagogue garden  Shana tova to all our readers! Wishing you (and everyone else, of course) a sweet, satisfying and stimulating New Year — and beyond! Thank you for your interest, your “shares,” your comments, your “likes,” your contributions, and your feedback … Continue reading

Yet more new Jewish travel apps — Venice and Lithuania

Tourists in the Venice Ghetto. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  The list of mobile Jewish tourism apps continues to grow…Yesterday we posted about a new mobile travel app for Jewish Bialystok, Poland…. today it’s the turn of Venice and Lithuania. The new Discover Jewish Lithuania app is now available, … Continue reading

New Jewish heritage travel app — Białystok

Bialystok Poland app  The latest in the growing list of mobile apps for Jewish heritage travel is the Jewish Heritage Trail app for Białystok, Poland. The app — which can be downloaded from both ITunes and Google Play — was  developed by … Continue reading

Poland Jewish heritage notes…renovations, exhibits, etc

Photo: Virtual Shtetl © Krzysztof Krzeminski  Much goes on in Poland regarding Jewish built heritage. Here are a few selected items of recent news we find of particular interest — as reported in the news section of the Virtual Shtetl web site.   Permanent Jewish … Continue reading

Poland: Maria Piechotka honored

Award ceremony took place in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in the exhibition gallery with the model 18th-century wooden synagogue from Gwoździec; Photo: Maciek Jazwiecki    The Polish architect Maria Piechotka, one of the leading experts on synagogue architecture and — with her late husband — the author of  several groundbreaking works has been honored for “her commitment to preserving Poland’s Jewish heritage.” Maria, … Continue reading