Jewish Heritage Europe

Two remarkable Torah Arks from Europe — in Israel: one from Hungary, one from Italy

Dozens of Torah arks from disused and/or abandoned synagogues were brought to Israel from European countries after the Holocaust. They include around 40 that were brought from Italy alone: for the most part they are now used in Israeli synagogues … continue reading →

Greece: Romaniote Memories — Exhibit of photos by the late Vincent Giordano of Romaniote Jews & synagogues in Greece and New York

We post here a taste of an exhibit of photographs documenting Romaniote Jews in Greece and New York that is being shown at the Greek Consulate in New York, and later at the Greek Embassy in Washington. Called “Romaniote Memories … continue reading →

The late György Konrád on Jewish heritage in Europe (a keynote address from 2004)

The great Hungarian Jewish author and political dissident György Konrád died Sept. 13 in Budapest, aged 86. Konrad was born in the eastern city of Debrecen, but grew up in the small town of Berettyoujfalu. He and his immediate family … continue reading →

UK: Foundation for Jewish Heritage buys Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, synagogue; hopes to create a Jewish heritage center there

The Foundation for Jewish Heritage has purchased the historic but derelict synagogue in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and hopes to realize plans to transform it into a Welsh Jewish Heritage Center. “The Foundation wants the Merthyr project to promote inter-cultural dialogue … continue reading →