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Crowd-funding for Jewish heritage projects

Crowd-funding is increasing used to finance a wide range of projects and initiatives — and Jewish heritage work is no exception. Two major Jewish heritage projects have recently launched crowd-funding efforts.   — Space of Synagogues memorial project, L’viv, Ukraine … continue reading →

Lithuania: Wooden synagogue re-discovered; new synagogue on heritage list

The Kaunas branch of the  Lithuanian Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Heritage Department  has called for an immediate halt to the demolition of a  former wooden synagogue in the town of Kulautuva, near Kaunas. The synagogue was built in 1935 but had long … continue reading →

International Holocaust Remembrance Day — January 27

January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945,  is marked in many countries as the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an occasion for commemorative ceremonies, educational programs, and other initiatives. Monuments and memorials are also dedicated. This year … continue reading →

Latvia: Video of opening of restored Rezekne “Green Synagogue”

  Here’s a video of the (snowy) official ceremony January 22 opening the historic wooden “Green Synagogue” in Rezekne, Latvia after a €700,000 renovation process that lasted a decade. The building — as we reported earlier — will be a wooden … continue reading →

Prayer service in long-disused Istanbul synagogue (but then a nearby wall defaced)

  A prayer service was held this month in a historic wooden synagogue in Istanbul that had been closed and out of use for more than half a century — but within days a wall outside the building had been defaced by anti-semitic … continue reading →