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

Rothschild Foundation Grant Applications Open

Objects displayed in the Florence Jewish Museum. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  The Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe aims to ensure that Jewish culture and heritage are actively supported, valued and looked after for generations to come.  Its grants assist universities, museums, libraries, archives and Jewish organizations that understand and appreciate that Jewish culture and heritage have a dynamic role … Continue reading