Jewish Heritage Europe

In our new Have Your Say personal essay, Jaroslav Klenovský looks back on 4 decades of Jewish Heritage work in Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

Jaroslav Klenovský is a pioneer in the documentation and preservation of Jewish heritage in what today is the Czech Republic. Based in Brno, he has worked since 1980 to protect and preserve immovable Jewish heritage, particularly in Moravia. In addition … continue reading →

Purim! A time for celebration (….and drink… and imbibing a bit of Jewish heritage)

It’s Purim! — a time of crazy celebration that often includes quantities of …. drink. We’re taking a little look at that today. Wine — kosher wine — forms part of many Jewish ceremonies and rituals, including Shabbat and holiday … continue reading →

Romania Update: QR code tourism resources in Alba Iulia include Jewish heritage sites

The historic  Jewish cemetery and recently restored synagogue are included in a program launched by the city of Alba Iulia that tags cultural sites with QR codes that can be accessed by visitors on smart phones and tablets. Called “Discover … continue reading →

Springtime Photo Essay: Flowers in Jewish decorative art both mourn death and celebrate life

Spring is coming — or just about here — in the northern hemisphere. It’s a time of flowers. Flowers and floral motifs are frequently used in Jewish decorative art, in synagogues and Jewish cemeteries. They provide symbolic representation of life … continue reading →

Lithuania Update: progress in restoration of synagogue in Žemaičių Naumiestis

First steps have been made in the restoration of the abandoned, 200-year-old brick synagogue in Žemaičių Naumiestis, Lithuania, the Lithuanian Jewish community reports. The Šilutė regional administration allocated almost 100,000 euros for the renovation work, which began in 2018. A … continue reading →