Menorah: worship, history and myth @ Vatican museum/Rome Jewish Museum
May 15 – Jul 23 all-day
Decoration showing menorahs in the villa Torlonia catacombs in Rome. Photo: Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy

Decoration showing menorahs in the villa Torlonia catacombs in Rome. Photo: Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy

The exhibition “Menorah: worship, history and myth”  will be on simultaneous display in the Braccio di Carlo Magno of the Vatican Museums, and in the Jewish Museum of Rome.

The exhibition represents the first joint project between the two institutions, and is a high profile institutional, cultural and symbolic initiative, a “sign of successful collaboration between Jews and Christians in the city where they have lived side by side for over twenty centuries”.

The exhibition, curated by Alessandra Di Castro, Arnold Nesselrath and Francesco Leone, narrates the real and symbolic history of the Menorah – the seven-branched lamp and symbol of the identity of the Jewish people – through a complex and rich itinerary featuring 150 works of art, comprising sculptures, paintings, architectural elements, manuscripts and book illustrations.



Krakow Jewish Culture Festival @ Kazimierz Krakow
Jun 24 – Jul 2 all-day
Crowd at the final concert a the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival

Crowd at the final concert a the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival

The 27th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, probably the biggest and best-known Jewish culture festival in Europe.

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Dark Tourism, Holocaust, WW2 @ Glasgow Caledonian University
Jun 28 – Jul 1 all-day
More than 1.7 million people visited Auschwitz in 2015

More than 1.7 million people visited Auschwitz in 2015

Dark Tourism Sites related to the Holocaust, the Nazi Past and World War II: Visitation and Practice

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference, which is especially aimed at tourism researchers, historians and memorial site employees, is to reflect on experiences with tourist visitors, their expectations and the resulting conclusions and implications for the work of memorial sites, museums and documentation centres in international and comparative perspective. The practice and function of organised and individual travel and tourism agencies will also be taken into consideration. We will debate questions, such as:

What are the problems and challenges connected with “dark tourism” as a factor in popular encounters with and understanding of the history of the Holocaust? What role does tourism play in expanding Holocaust education?

If tourism is a source of environmental degradation of the physical structure and landscape, how can that be balanced with the educational and experiential value of visitorship?

How can “dark tourism” be utilised to reveal historical interconnections in their respective geographical and historical setting, for instance between the German occupation, local societies and mass murder in Central Eastern Europe?


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British Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting @ School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
Jul 10 – Jul 11 all-day


‘Jews on the Move: Exploring the movement of Jews, objects, texts, and ideas in space and time’

This conference is hosted by the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS), in cooperation with the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Professor Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham): People and ideas on the move: the evidence from Qumran
  • Professor Tony Kushner (Southampton): Jews as refugees: special or not?
  • Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (New York / Warsaw): Expanded Geography: An Epilogue to the History of Polish Jews at POLIN Museum
  • Professor Hana Wirth-Nesher (Tel Aviv): To Move, to Translate, To Write: Jewish American Immigrant Voices

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Misz Masz Jewish culture festival @ Lublin, Poland
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day


A new festival organized by the  Well of Remembrance association with the financial support of the City Hall of Lublin as part of celebrating the 700th anniversary of the city in 2017.

The program is still developing —  for updates see the Facebook Page



Vilnius synagogue conference @ Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day
Information placard in Vilnius at the site of the Great Synagogue.

Information placard in Vilnius at the site of the Great Synagogue.

How to Commemorate the Great Synagogue of Vilna Site.

International conference.

Organized by the nonprofit entity “Jerusalem of the North”

In partnership with:

Judaica Research Center at the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania

Lithuanian council for culture


 The Great Vilna synagogue, built in 1633, was widely known in Europe for centuries as the center of spiritual, cultural and social life of the Jewish community. It was damaged during the Nazi occupation and totally demolished by the Soviets after the World War II. Archeological research show that the remnants of the Great Vilna synagogue still remain buried 2 meters below the ground level.  The aim of the conference is to discuss the commemoration aspects of the Great Vilna synagogue site, meeting its significance and modern heritage protection standards.

Participation is free of charge but registration is required.




Symposium for Yiddish Studies in Germany @ Trier University
Sep 4 – Sep 6 all-day

20th annual symposium.


Prof. Dr. Simon Neuberg
FB II / Jiddistik
Universität Trier

Prof. Dr. Marion Aptroot
Abt. für Jiddische Kultur, Sprache u. Literatur
Institut für Jüdische Studien
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Anmeldung und Informationen:
FB II – Jiddistik
Universitätsring 15
54286 Trier
Email: jiddisch@uni-trier-de


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Guided tour @ Jewish cemetery, Solingen
Sep 17 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Free public guided tours of the Jewish cemetery in Solingen take place twice a year (though individual and school groups tours can also be arranged).

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