2018 was a milestone year for Jewish Heritage Europe in many ways. We totally changed our online look, introduced new features and functionality — not to mention a new logo.
We also revamped the way you can subscribe and receive our regular News Feed and monthly Newsletter — welcome to our many new subscribers! And welcome to our many new Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers, too!
Over the past year, JHE Director Ruth Ellen Gruber visited Jewish heritage sites in several countries (and wrote about them on our site) — and she also attended or presented about Jewish Heritage Europe at international conferences held in Poland, France, England, and Hungary.
MOST SHARED POSTS
As 2018 comes to an end, we thought we would draw attention to the three dozen or so posts that were most shared by our readers this past year (shared directly from the web site, not from the Facebook Page or other social media).
Here they are, in reverse chronological order.….they encompass a remarkably wide range of subjects — and geographical locations. We still can’t figure out what makes these the particular posts that were shared the most — some were shared many hundreds of times — but they truly demonstrate the scope and vitality of Jewish heritage developments across Europe.
NOTE: The list is more or less accurate — but we had some technical issues during the transition to our new web site that affected the share function and did not show shares for a number of posts….
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Posted on December 23, 2018
Synagogues: Absence and Presence — a documentary film by Celia Lowenstein
Posted on December 19, 2018
They advise against attempts to rebuild the synagogue but rather to concentrate on conserving and exposing the foundations and other elements of the structure that still exist
Posted December 18, 2018
It’s a richly detailed, multimedia online resource, presenting Warsaw as seen through the history of its Jewish residents, past and present
Moldova: Government will restore, clean up Chisinau Jewish cemetery to anchor Jewish history, heritage, cultural center
Posted December 12, 2018
Work on the clean-up has already begun.
On Jewish gravestones and the stone-carvers who made them: a stone-carver’s thoughts on tradition and symbolism
Posted on December 9, 2018
In Ashkenazi Eastern Europe the carved epitaphs and wealth of carved decoration on Jewish gravestones can be richly sculptural as well as symbolic, but little is known about the people who carved them.
Posted on December 6, 2018
The new museum includes sections on local Jewish history and on the Holocaust.
Posted on December 6, 2018
A well-deserved award to a pioneer researcher.
Romania: At Hanukkah celebration, the Great Synagogue of Iaşi is rededicated after lengthy restoration
Posted on December 6, 2018
It was a real Hanukkah celebration — the Great Synagogue in Iaşi, Romania, the oldest surviving synagogue in the country, was rededicated December 3 after a dozen years of fitful restoration work.
Posted December 3, 2018
Exciting news about one of the oldest synagogues in Ukraine, believed built in the 16th century.
Posted on December 2, 2018
Our Hanukkah photo essay showcased images of synagogue decoration that remind us on fancy gift-wrap.
Posted on November 26, 2018
The restoration brought back the original wall colors of this 17th century synagogue (now a Jewish museum)
Russia: New near replica synagogue in Kaliningrad/Königsberg now stands on site of synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht
Posted on November 23, 2018
Exactly 80 years after the grandiose New Synagogue in Kaliningrad, Russia — formerly Königsberg, East Prussia — was destroyed on Kristallnacht, a newly constructed near replica of the great domed building was dedicated on the same spot.
Posted on November 22, 2018
Photographer Christian Herrmann’s annual free gift — featuring his photos of Jewish heritage sites in Eastern Europe.
JHE Photo Essay: On the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, honoring the Jewish soldiers who fell (on all sides)
Posted on November 11, 2018
On the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I we remembered the Jewish soldiers who fell during the conflict — and, in particular, we took a look at the memorials raised in their honor.
JHE Photo Essay: On Kristallnacht, Wonderful surviving — and restored — synagogues to mark the 80th anniversary
Posted on November 9, 2018
By now it’s a JHE tradition. We marked the Kristallnacht anniversary with images of wonderful synagogues that still stand — or were restored — today.
Posted November 8, 2018
The scholars Ruth Mandel and Rachel Lehr, who are carrying out multi-sited ethnographic research about site-specific artists’ responses to the Holocaust, describe their research on Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) memorials in Norway.
In Ukraine, a Shehecheyanu moment as a Mezuzah is affixed to the partially restored Great Maharsha Synagogue in Ostroh
Posted on November 4, 2018
A real milestone in a restoration we have been following closely!
Posted on October 30, 2018
A Jewish cultural and social center will be developed next to it.
Posted on October 29, 2018
The synagogue in Novi Sad and the newly restored synagogue in Subotica.
Posted on October 23, 2018
The Izmir Project has launched an appeal to raise $80,000 in matching funds to guarantee a municipal grant to restore the historic but sadly derelict Etz Hayim Synagogue.
Posted on October 11, 2018
(It was rededicated two months later as a Jewish museum)
Posted on October 7, 2018
Called Corpus Inscriptionum Judaicarum Graeciae (CIJG): Corpus of Jewish and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mainland and Island Greece.
Posted on September 27, 2018
A video of the stunning virtual reconstruction projected onto the blue building to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, on April 19, 2018.
Posted on September 12, 2018
The launch of jewish-places.de — a new, interactive web portal to Jewish people, places, and history in Germany. It looks like it will be an extraordinary resource.
Posted on September 9, 2018
A video of the opening of the Choral Synagogue in Drohobych, Ukraine, which was inaugurated in June following a $1 million restoration.
Posted on September 6, 2018
A valuable new online resource on Jewish heritage in Italy.
Posted on September 3, 2018
The city of Lviv held an unprecedented ceremony honoring dozens of Jewish heritage activists for their work in preserving, promoting, and carrying out research and educational work on Jewish heritage in western Ukraine.
Posted on August 26, 2018
The Paris tourism web site SortirAParis published an online guide to what it describes as the most beautiful synagogues in the French capital.
Posted August 23, 2018
Plans are moving forward for the restoration of the monumental twin-towered Great Synagogue and nearby rabbi’s house in Plzeň (Pilsen) in the Czech Republic.
Posted on August 1, 2018
So many Jewish cemetery/Jewish heritage volunteer clean-up operations take place each spring and summer that it’s hard to keep track. Here are just a few that caught our eye.
Posted on July 27, 2018
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
Posted on June 26, 2018
Volunteers from the L’viv Volunteer Center (LVC) of the Hesed Arieh All-Ukrainian Jewish Charitable Foundation worked to remove dozens of Jewish headstones that were found to be paving Barvinok street in downtown L’viv.
Posted May 6, 2018
Work to construct the state-of-the-art Lost Shtetl museum in Šeduva, Lithuania got under way, with high-profile ground-breaking.
Posted March 27, 2018
High level inauguration ceremony rededicates the synagogue after decades of often stalled renovation.
Posted February 16, 2018
Sergey Kanovich is honored in Lithuania.
Ionanna Galanaki is completing her PhD at Southampton University, writing about the revival of the Etz Hayyim synagogue and community in the ancient port of Chania, Crete. In this intensely personal essay, she pays homage to the late Nikos Stavroulakis, who was a key figure in her research.
Hungary: Reclaiming a mikveh in a quaint wine-making village whose Jewish community perished in the Shoah
Posted February 11, 2018
Work got under way to reclaim and restore the long-abandoned old mikveh in Erdőbénye, a quaint village in the Tokaj wine region of northeastern Hungary whose Jewish community perished in the Shoah.
Posted February 6, 2018
The launch of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage and the web site historicsynagogueseurope.org — which includes an interactive survey map of more than 3,000 synagogues in 48 countries.
Posted on February 5, 2018
JHE Director Ruth Ellen Gruber visited the restored synagogue ahead of its rededication.
Posted January 21, 2018
Links to photo galleries of the restored synagogue in Subotica.