Jewish Heritage Europe

Poland reminder: don’t miss Jewish Warsaw web site, an in-depth multi-media exploration of the city for visitors and armchair travelers

If you’re interested in Jewish history and heritage in Warsaw, a good place to start is the Jewish Warsaw web site created by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Jewish Warsaw is a richly detailed, multimedia online … continue reading →

Northern Ireland: Belfast City Cemetery, including its historic Jewish section, under multi-million pound restoration and development

  Belfast’s sprawling and monumental City Cemetery, which includes a historic Jewish section, is undergoing a multi-million pound restoration and development to make it accessible — and attractive — to tourists. It will have an information, interpretive, and welcome center, … continue reading →

Moldova: Government will restore, clean up Chisinau Jewish cemetery to anchor Jewish history, heritage, cultural center

At the initiative of the Moldovan government, the vast, long-ruined Jewish cemetery in the capital, Chisinau, will be cleaned up and restored to anchor a Jewish history, heritage, and cultural center. Work on the project — approved by a government … continue reading →

Ukraine: ESJF Survey on Jewish cemeteries in Volhyn available online

  The ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries initiative has published online its detailed survey of Jewish cemeteries in the modern Volhyn region of Ukraine, carried out in October 2018. During the preparation of the ESJF expedition, 58 Jewish cemeteries were discovered … continue reading →

On Jewish gravestones and the stone-carvers who made them: a stone-carver’s thoughts on tradition and symbolism

In Ashkenazi Eastern Europe the carved epitaphs and wealth of carved decoration on Jewish gravestones can be richly sculptural as well as symbolic. Unfortunately, little is known about the stone-carvers who created these memorials. We crosspost here an (updated) article … continue reading →