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Feb
18
Sun
Archaeology and Jewish itineraries in Sicily @ Florence, Tourism & Archaeology Salon (room 4)
Feb 18 @ 10:00 – 13:00

New research on archaeological evidence of Jews in Sicily from Antiquity to the Middle Ages will be presented (in Italian) at the 2018 “tourismA” Salon for archaeology and tourism at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence.

Program:

«Ebrei e non ebrei nel territorio di Camarina in età tardoantica»
Corrado Bonfanti sindaco di Noto
Luca Cannata sindaco di Avola
Baruch Triolo presidente Charta delle Judeche di Sicilia
Attilio Funaro presidente Istituto Internazionale di Cultura Ebraica (Palermo)
Giovanni Di Stefano docente Università della Calabria
Angelica Ferrara dottoranda Università di Roma Tor Vergata

«Testimonianze ebraiche di età tardoantica a Noto antica e nel Siracusano»
Lorenzo Guzzardi direttore Polo Regionale di Siracusa per i siti culturali

«Documentazione grafica e fotografica di alcune sepolture giudaiche tra Noto, Rosolini e Modica: un progetto in fieri»
Laura Falesi presidente Archeoclub d’Italia sede di Noto
Giuseppe Libra architetto esperto in rilievo di monumenti antichi

«Applicazioni GIS sul territorio di Avola in periodo romano e tardoantico»
Rosario Pignatello amministratore delegato Consorzio Universitario Mediterraneo Orientale (CUMO)

 

 

Feb
22
Thu
AEPJ General Assembly @ Casa Adret, Barcelona
Feb 22 – Feb 23 all-day

 

General Assembly of the AEPJ  (Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage in Europe) in its new headquarters in the old town of Barcelona.

Mar
5
Mon
Jewish country house conference @ TORCH, Oxford University
Mar 5 @ 09:00 – 18:00

This workshop aims to establish the Jewish country house both as a focus for scholarly research and as a site of European memory. By focusing on a hitherto unidentified group of country houses – those that were owned, renewed and sometimes built by Jews – we aim to establish the importance of Jewish country houses like Port Lympne Mansion, Schloss Freienwalde, Villa Kerylos and Castello Sonnino as variations of a pan-European phenomenon deserving serious consideration from an academic and a heritage viewpoint.

Jewish country houses have so far escaped systematic study because they do not fit existing paradigms either in modern Jewish history or country house studies. The historiography of European Jewish elites has tended to focus on the grande bourgeoisie in its urban setting and does not consider the role families like the Bischoffsheims, the Bleichröders, the Péreires and the Sonninos assumed through their rural estates, nor the role of Jewish country houses in the self-fashioning of many leading Jewish figures such as Benjamin Disraeli, Ferdinand de Rothschild and Philip Sassoon in the UK, Leopoldo Franchetti in Italy, Walter Rathenau in Germany, and Théodor Reinach in France. Conversely, the literature on country houses, which typically focuses on the landed aristocracy, has paid little or no attention to the existence of country houses and rural estates in Jewish hands, or to the particular challenges this posed in a rural landscape and social context so powerfully shaped by Christianity.

Click here to view the call for papers.
 

Contact name: 
Oliver Cox
Contact email: 
Mar
6
Tue
Jewish country house conference @ TORCH, Oxford University
Mar 6 @ 09:00 – 18:00

This workshop aims to establish the Jewish country house both as a focus for scholarly research and as a site of European memory. By focusing on a hitherto unidentified group of country houses – those that were owned, renewed and sometimes built by Jews – we aim to establish the importance of Jewish country houses like Port Lympne Mansion, Schloss Freienwalde, Villa Kerylos and Castello Sonnino as variations of a pan-European phenomenon deserving serious consideration from an academic and a heritage viewpoint.

Jewish country houses have so far escaped systematic study because they do not fit existing paradigms either in modern Jewish history or country house studies. The historiography of European Jewish elites has tended to focus on the grande bourgeoisie in its urban setting and does not consider the role families like the Bischoffsheims, the Bleichröders, the Péreires and the Sonninos assumed through their rural estates, nor the role of Jewish country houses in the self-fashioning of many leading Jewish figures such as Benjamin Disraeli, Ferdinand de Rothschild and Philip Sassoon in the UK, Leopoldo Franchetti in Italy, Walter Rathenau in Germany, and Théodor Reinach in France. Conversely, the literature on country houses, which typically focuses on the landed aristocracy, has paid little or no attention to the existence of country houses and rural estates in Jewish hands, or to the particular challenges this posed in a rural landscape and social context so powerfully shaped by Christianity.

Click here to view the call for papers.
 

Contact name: 
Oliver Cox
Contact email: 
Rise & Fall of the Bournemouth Jewish hotels @ Edgware United Synagogue
Mar 6 @ 20:15 – 21:45

Lecture by Geoffrey Feld.

Mar
13
Tue
Synagogues in the Islamic World: Architecture, Design & Identity @ Jewish Historical Institute
Mar 13 @ 11:00 – 13:00

 

A lecture by Mohammad Gharipour about the recently published book that he edited.

 

 

Mar
26
Mon
Official rededication Subotica Synagogue @ Subotica Synagogue
Mar 26 @ 13:45 – 14:45
Synagogue, Subotica from the Ark

 

Formal official rededication of the art nouveau synagogue in Subotica, Serbia, following its full restoration.

The ceremony will be attended by the Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary and President Aleksander Vučić of Serbia, as well as other dignitaries.

The Jewish community plans a second ceremony in April, which will have a religious service and the formal return of Torah scrolls to the ark.

See our story about the synagogue

 

Mar
28
Wed
Relics of the Jewish World of Galicia @ Ethnography Museum, Lviv
Mar 28 @ 16:00 – 17:30

Opening of extraordinary exhibition, for the first time in decades, of the collection, including the pre-WW2 collection of Maximilian Goldstein.

Apr
4
Wed
Training session for guides @ Synagogue Zamosc
Apr 4 @ 17:00 – 19:00
The ark in the restored Renaissance synagogue in Zamosc, Poland.

A training day for those working as guides. The program will introduce the important work of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland and provide valuable information about restoration and visits to the Zamość synagogue, the history of the prewar Jewish community, and how the synagogue and its resources and equipment can be useful to guides and visitors. Participation in the training is free, but registration is requested, as the space is limited:
By e-mail: zamosc@fodz.pl

Apr
9
Mon
Synagogues of Habsburg Hungary: Typology, Genealogy and Architectural Significance @ Harvard
Apr 9 @ 16:15 – 18:00
Rudi Klein in action, photographing the synagogue in Samorin, Slovakia.Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

Rudolf Klein will present an overview of his newly published book Synagogues in Hungary 1782-1918. It is the first study on synagogues of Habsburg Hungary and one of the most comprehensive works addressing the question of synagogue architecture in the Diaspora, tackling religious and social aspects, formal determinants, urban context and the art historic significance.

Synagogues are viewed as a pivotal element of Jewish communal life, a building type that after Emancipation highlighted Jewish identity and Jewish success in the economy and culture in the host nations. Assimilating to the culture of 19th century nation-states and empires offered Jews the chance to terminate their isolation from the gentile world and to cast anchor into modern societies.

Hundreds of synagogues played the architectural role of these anchors. Domes and turrets rendered synagogues as landmarks in the villages, towns and cities of Habsburg Hungary and its successor states until the Holocaust, reinforcing Jewish presence in architectural-urban form. Ironically, many of these landmarks have survived, but the original intention failed: they no longer bear witness to Jewish existence.

This book surveys several hundred synagogues, existing or demolished, built from the 1760s to World War I and analyzes their architectural features and evolution. It also presents a typology of synagogues and their urban location. The book offers rich visual material about the present condition of existing synagogues, testifying a vanished culture in the heart of Europe.

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