Moldova: new mini-doc on preservation of Jewish cemeteries

  RFE/RL has posted a video mini-documentary about Yvette Merzbacher, a woman now living in Switzerland,  who is on a personal crusade to save the Jewish cemeteries of Moldova, where her grandparents came from. Merzbacher founded the Living Stones Association, … Continue reading

France: As the Carpentras synagogue turns 650, the tiny Jewish community seeks funds to restore the historic building

  The tiny Jewish community in Carpentras, France has issued an appeal for contributions to help complete renovation work on its historic synagogue, which this year is celebrating its 650th birthday, making it the oldest active synagogue in France and … Continue reading

Ukraine: ancient Buchach Jewish cemetery documented

  The Jewish Galicia and Bukovina organization carried out its latest annual Field School session with a thorough documentation of the old section of the centuries-old Jewish cemetery in Buchach, Ukraine. The team cleared thick vegetation from the site, which … Continue reading

Lithuania: Report (incl. video) of excavations at site of destroyed Vilna Great Synagogue

The Israeli, Lithuanian and American archaeologists who carried out excavations last month on the site of the destroyed Vilnius Great Synagogue and the surrounding Shulhoyf have released a report on their discoveries — including unearthing two tiled ritual baths (mikvehs, … Continue reading

Ukraine Road Trip: Ambitious Preservation Plans in Zolochiv

(JHE Coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber recently visited Jewish heritage sites in more than 10 towns near Lviv in western Ukraine to observe conditions and note changes. As part of the site visits, she met with the Mayor Ihor Hryn’kiv of … Continue reading

Resources: Index of Center for Jewish Art Collection now fully digitalized and online

After six years of work, the digitalization of more than 250,000 items in The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art has been completed, and the entire collection, including images of Jewish cemeteries and Jewish ritual architecture, as well as ritual … Continue reading