Poland notes: synagogue to become museum; cemetery tour/clean-up; Jewish school razed

Close up of former synagogue in Checiny, Poland    Lots continues to go on regarding Jewish heritage in Poland. Here are a few examples of recent news we find particularly interesting — we urge you to visit the News pages of Virtual Shtetl to find out other … Continue reading

Poland: Major restoration set for historic Szydłów synagogue

The fortresslike synagogue in Szydlow, Poland dates from the 16th century and is one of the oldest in Poland    The fortress-like synagogue in the small town of Szydłów, in southern Poland, will undergo extensive restoration as part of a nearly 10 million zloty (€2.3 million) development project for the town, which is sometimes called the “Polish Carcassonne” … Continue reading

Italy to fund conservation of the villa Torlonia Jewish catacombs in Rome

Inthe villa Torlonia catacobs, Rome. Photo: Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Itay    The Italian Culture Ministry has allocated nearly €1.5 million toward conservation and restoration of the ancient Roman-era Jewish catacombs at villa Torlonia, which date from the 2nd to the 5th centuries CE. The Ministry allocated €1,440,000 for the … Continue reading

Poland: Jason Francisco on Reconstruction and Memory (from Sanok to Połaniec)

Połaniec wooden synagogue. Photo: Virtual Shtetl    For some years now, the noted photographer and writer Jason Francisco has been exploring the impact of Jewish built heritage on memory in Poland and Ukraine. This past summer we featured his essay on L’viv and the Golden … Continue reading

World Monuments Fund restoration work update: Iaşi and Venice

Restorers work on the dismantled Ark of the Iasi Great Synagogue, 2015. Photo: World Monuments Fund  Thanks to new grants, the World Monuments Fund has announced further steps in synagogue restoration projects in Venice, Italy and Iaşi, Romania.   Iaşi — Great Synagogue restoration nears completion After years of work, the WMF notes that the conservation … Continue reading

Houses of Life: Hanno Loewy on tangible connections to Jewish memory & heritage

Livio Vasieri shows the damage gravestone of a Hohenemser in the Jewish cemetery of Trieste. Photo: Hanno Loewy    In our new Have Your Say op-ed, Hanno Loewy, the director of the Jewish Museum in Hohenems, Austria, visits Trieste, Italy and describes how family history often provides tangible connections to Jewish memory and heritage, with Jewish built … Continue reading