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.
The 27th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, probably the biggest and best-known Jewish culture festival in Europe.
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?
The White Synagogue in Joniškis will be officially reopened as a cultural space, after reconstruction and restoration.
It forms a unique complex with the Red Synagogue, which opened after renovation several years ago.
The synagogues are managed by the Joniskis culture and history museum.
Book Launch: East End Jewish Cemeteries: Brady Street and Alderney Road
with author Louis Berk
Four centuries of Jewish burial that track the movement of Jews from London’s East End to the north-western suburbs come under the spotlight at the United Synagogue launch of a book about two of its closed burial grounds – Whitechapel’s 17th-century Alderney Road and 18th-century Brady Street cemeteries.
Visitors to the book launch will also have a chance to view the plans for the future development of Willesden as a heritage destination.
Tickets must be reserved in advance, via the button on the web site listed above. A suggested donation of £5 per person toward the upkeep of the cemetery and its events program will be collected on the day.
East End Jewish Cemeteries: Brady Street and Alderney Road was published on 15 June 2017 by Amberley Publishing
‘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
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
How to Commemorate the Great Synagogue of Vilna Site.
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.