Jewish Heritage Europe

On the road in CZ: the rural Jewish world of Police; a tiny village synagogue under restoration

The Jewish community in the village of Police in the southern Czech Republic dwindled away by the early 20th century, but its 18th century synagogue is under renovation to serve as a culture center and museum about the lost world … continue reading →

Lithuania: Archaeologists unearth Bimah of Vilnius Great Synagogue

An international team of archaeologists from the USA, Canada, Lithuania and Israel have revealed the foundations of the Bimah that once anchored the destroyed Great Synagogue in Vilnius, locating it directly under the school building that was constructed atop the … continue reading →

On the road in CZ: a closer look at the Plzeň Holocaust memorial

Following our general post about the three synagogues and memorial space in Plzeň, Czech Republic, we feature here a closer analysis of the simple but striking Holocaust memorial in the so-called Auxiliary Synagogue, situated in the Jewish communal courtyard next … continue reading →

On the road in CZ: A place for Jewish women…and memory…in Plzeň

The Old Synagogue in Plzeň, Czech Republic, built in 1859, is now part of a community, heritage, and memorial complex. It provides a relatively rare example of a two-storey women’s gallery, which the architectural historian Samuel D. Gruber describes and … continue reading →

Tisha b’Av…Using preservation to mourn destruction

Yesterday marked Tisha b’Av, or the Ninth of Av, the Jewish fast day that commemorates and mourns the destruction of the First and Second Temples and other tragedies that befell the Jewish people. On JHE, we reflect all the time … continue reading →