Jewish Museums in Europe — Comprehensive Survey Released (& Online)

Big crowd at Florence Jewish Museum. Photo: Renzo Funaro/Firenze EbraicaThe wide-ranging survey of Jewish Museums in Europe carried out by Dr. Brigitte Sion of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe has been published online, following its formal presentation at the annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums. (We … Continue reading

Download the “Vanished World” Jewish heritage 2017 Calendar

Cover of Christian HerrmannFor the second year in a row, the photographer Christian Herrmann, whose work we have featured on JHE, is offering a gift for the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season — a 12-month calendar illustrated with his photographs, which is available … Continue reading

Lithuania: Recovery of abused Jewish gravestones in Vilnius continues

Uzupis-Ruta-1Jewish gravestones that were used to build the steps to the main entrance to a hospital in Vilnius were removed last week and taken to the site of the vast Užupis Jewish cemetery where they once stood, joining thousands of … Continue reading

Slovak Jewish heritage conference: developments, award

Front of Zilina New Synagogue. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberThe second annual conference on Slovak Jewish Heritage was held November 7. It gathered activists, professionals,  Jewish community leaders, and others from around the country who are involved in the preservation, conservation and restoration of Jewish built heritage. Organized by … Continue reading

Lithuania: Update on Žiežmariai wooden synagogue restoration

Wooden synagogue in Ziezmariai, Lithuania under restoration. Photo: Aurimas Širvys  We reported in May that restoration work at the wooden synagogue in Žiežmariai, Lithuania was under way. Samuel Gruber visited the site in October and has posted a detailed update of the status of work on his blog, with … Continue reading

Kristallnacht: Wonderful surviving — and restored — synagogues to mark the anniversary

Arad, Romania. Synagogue interior      The night of November 9-10 marks the  78th anniversary of the so-called Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, when the Nazis launched coordinated violent attacks on Jews, Jewish property and Jewish places of worship all over Germany and German-occupied … Continue reading

Four major conferences this month: we wish we had a clone to attend all!

Tempel  Four major conferences in November deal with Jewish (and other) built heritage — we wish we could be cloned in order to attend them all! As is, we will hope to present information on all four, including presentations that … Continue reading