Over the past year, we have posted more than 200 news items in our Jewish Heritage Europe News Feed.
As 2016 comes to an end, we thought we would draw attention to the 50 (or so) posts that were most shared by our readers this past year (shared directly from the web site, not from the Facebook Page).
Here they are, in reverse chronological order.….they encompass a remarkably wide range of subjects — and geographical locations.
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December 22, 2016
The Jewish Museum of Prague has embarked on the final stage of a complex, years-long project to digitize the gravestones and other information related to the Old Jewish Cemetery in the Czech capital, but it could still be several years before the final database is complete.
December 18, 2016
Events are being planned to mark the 650th anniversary of the synagogue in Carpentras, France — it dates originally from 1367, making it the oldest synagogue in France and one of the oldest synagogues still in use in Europe.
December 11, 2016
The Jewish Museum in the 17th century synagogue in Tykocin, Poland will mark its 40th anniversary on Dec. 17 — with a day of events that include the inauguration of a revamped permanent exhibition and other renovations of the building’s interior that have been in the works for the past two years.
December 2, 2016
A Have Your Say oped by Steven D. Reece
November 16, 2016
Jewish gravestones that were used to build the steps to the main entrance to a hospital in Vilnius were removed last week and taken to the site of the vast Užupis Jewish cemetery where they once stood, joining thousands of other such fragments now stored there.
November 10, 2016
November 6, 2016
Summary article previewing a survey of Jewish museums in Europe carried out by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe
November 2, 2016
Review of a new book about the enigmatic “three hares” motif found in eastern European synagogue and Jewish gravestone decoration as well as in Christian, Buddhist and Muslim cultures around the world.
October 26, 2016
The Italian Culture Ministry has allocated nearly €1.5 million toward conservation and restoration of the ancient Roman-era Jewish catacombs at villa Torlonia, which date from the 2nd to the 5th centuries CE.
October 25, 2016
A more than €2 million restoration of the interior of the elaborate art nouveau synagogue in Subotica, Serbia is set to begin soon.
October 6, 2016
After following the project from afar for several years, Jewish Heritage Europe’s Coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber finally got a chance to visit the “living shtetl skansen” being built in Biłgoraj, Poland, and the full-scale replica of the destroyed wooden synagogue of Wolpa.
September 22, 2016
Belarus has become the latest country to enter into an agreement with the United States that commits the two governments to protect and preserve cemeteries, memorials, historic sites, places of worship, and archives related to all peoples, with a focus on those that were victims of genocide during World War II and are no longer able to protect and preserve properties without assistance.
September 18, 2016
A new promotional video highlights the campaign to restore the old Neolog Jewish cemetery in Arad, in western Romania near the border with Hungary
September 15, 2016
Sefer – the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization in Moscow — carried out three weeklong field schools this summer during which students documented Jewish material heritage and carried out interviews and other research on local Jewish history.
September 14, 2016
A new online resource on Romanian synagogues features a photographic documentation by Daniel Gruenfeld of 15 synagogues in the northeastern part of the country.The web site is a project of Centropa.org.
September 7, 2016
Zagreb has a new Jewish Museum, opened on September 4 — the European Day of Jewish Culture.
September 1, 2016
Virtual Shtetl reports that there is some movement in longstanding efforts to rescue and restore the tiny wooden synagogue building in Wiśniowa, Poland, with Agnieszka Dudek, the director of the Municipal Center of Culture and Education in Wiśniowa, adding her voice to those who want to save the building.
August 23, 2016
In a Have Your Say oped, Jason Francisco discusses the significance of the Space of Synagogues memorial project in L’viv, Ukraine.
August 16, 2016
The ruins of a synagogue in Bobruisk, Belarus have been authorized for use by the Jewish community, and plans are under way to create an open air Jewish museum and cultural facility in the area.
August 15, 2016
Thanks to a nearly £350,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a Jewish Heritage Centre will be established in the grand Garnethill synagogue in Glasgow, Scotland.
August 11, 2016
The World Monuments Fund has mounted an online exhibition about the history and architecture of the striking, art nouveau synagogue in Subotica, Serbia, which has been undergoing fitful — and as yet incomplete — restoration for decades.
August 10, 2016
August 8, 2016
The historic Great Synagogue in Ludza, Latvia — dating from around 1800 and the oldest surviving synagogue in the country — will be rededicated on August 11 after a detailed restoration.
August 3, 2016
The first Day of Jewish Monuments will be held in the Czech Republic on Sunday, August 14. On that day, 41 selected Jewish heritage sites around the country will be open to visitors.
July 24, 2016
In recent years, the recovery of headstones uprooted from Jewish cemeteries during and after World War II has become a common motif in Jewish heritage preservation. We highlight some examples.
July 8, 2016
Description of a three-day Jewish cemetery clearing and cleaning project in Nasielsk, Poland, north of Warsaw.
July 3, 2016
In this Have Your Say oped, Witold Wrzosiński, the co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland, describes why he is writing a Field Guide to Jewish Cemeteries, mainly aimed at local Poles.
May 17, 2016
Restoration work on the long-ruined Jewish cemetery in Štip, in eastern Macedonia, is being completed, the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA) reports.
May 15, 2016
The long-neglected building is set to house a museum of Jewish culture.
May 13, 2016
The Heritage department of Lithuania’s Ministry of Culture has allocated funding grants for several synagogues and Jewish or Jewish-related heritage sites around the country.
May 8, 2016
Jay Osborn, of the Rohatyn Jewish Heritage project and Gesher Galicia, recently volunteered as part of a cemetery marker restoration workshop in the south of Poland organized by Stowarzyszenie Magurycz (Magurycz Association).
May 6, 2016
Venice this year is marking the 500th anniversary of the imposition of the Venice Ghetto — the first time ruling authorities in Europe officially confined Jews to a closed, segregated space. The publication is part of anniversary initiatives.
April 26, 2016
After more than a year of work, nearly 500 grave markers in Prague’s New Jewish Cemetery have been restored.
April 25, 2015
A mini-documentary film about Jewish cemeteries in Moldova highlights the value of Jewish cemeteries, their visual power, and the challenges of caring for them in Moldova.
April 12, 2016
The fitful process of restoring the synagogue in Bytča, Slovakia has received a boost with a €2,000 grant from Slovak Telecom to aid in the restoration of the building’s painted, coffered ceiling.
April 9, 2016
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw was named 2016 European Museum of the Year by the European Museum Forum.
April 8, 2016
A volunteer clean-up operation took place this week to finally get rid of the anti-Semitic and xenophobic graffiti that vandals scrawled last December at the Jewish cemetery in Sochaczew, Poland.
April 6, 2016
The city of Wrocław, Poland has put up a guide to local Jewish heritage on its official web site. Called “In the Footsteps of Wrocław Jews,” it includes an interactive map.
April 4, 2016
The Jewish Museum in Budapest reopens April 9 with a revamped exhibit marking its 100th anniversary.
April 3, 2016
In a show of support for efforts to preserve Jewish cemeteries, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will visit the Jewish cemetery in Frampol, in southeast Poland, on April 5.
March 30, 2016
Rome’s most ancient Jewish catacombs will be open to visitors on the first Sunday of each month, for at least May and June, as part of a tourism and pilgrimage project linked to this year’s Roman Catholic Jubilee year.
March 27, 2016
A floor mosaic dating from an ancient Roman-era synagogue in Plovdiv, Bulgaria has been restored and is now displayed by the Plovdiv Museum of Archaeology.
March 1, 2016
A group of young people wants to save the Moorish-style, red-brick former synagogue building in the small town of Radzanów, in central Poland.
February 9, 2016
February 7, 2016
A Have Your Say oped by Dr. Michael Lozman, who reflects on his involvement in preserving Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania and Belarus.
February 2, 2016
A new Jewish museum — the Upper Silesian Jews House of Remembrance — has opened, in the restored, red-brick, pre-burial house at the “new” Jewish cemetery in Gliwice, in southern Poland.
January 27, 2016
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.
January 20, 2016
January 19, 2016
January 6, 2016
Learn about four elaborate, monumental tombstones from the mid-16th century, which feature both intricate carved decoration and complex poetic inscriptions and epitaphs, that are now conserved and displayed at the Bologna’s Civic Medieval Museum.
January 1, 2016
Restoration of the historic Great Synagogue in Ludza, Latvia — dating from around 1800 and the oldest surviving synagogue in the country — is nearing completion, with work slated to be finished in early 2016 and a formal rededication planned.