Belarus: Comprehensive survey of Jewish cemeteries announced

Abanonded Jewish cemetery in Ivenets, Belarus. Photo: ESJFThe European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative will launch in early July a three-month project to “comprehensively survey the Jewish cemeteries of Belarus.” Training is currently under way for the teams that will go out in the field. ESJF said its survey … Continue reading

Lithuania: Joniškis White Synagogue reopens; unique Jewish heritage complex restored

joniskis-white-synagogue-eea  The so-called White Synagogue in Joniškis in northern Lithuania officially reopens as a cultural venue next month after restoration, joining the neighboring Red Synagogue, which reopened for cultural use in 2014, to a unique Jewish cultural and heritage ensemble. … Continue reading

Poland: “Preserving Memory” award marks 20th edition; American Steven Reece & 7 non-Jewish Poles to be honored

A moment of the award ceremony in 2014, held at the Galicia Jewish Museum. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  The “Preserving Memory” Award, founded in 1998 to honor non-Jewish Poles who preserve, promote, and care for Jewish heritage, marks its 20th edition this year. The awards were established by the American lawyer Michael Traison, who spends part of … Continue reading