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Italy: Major exhibition of artifacts from Bologna’s “lost” medieval Jewish cemetery, which was rediscovered during excavations in 2012-2014

A major exhibit opening June 20 at the Bologna Jewish Museum will focus on the city’s “lost” medieval Jewish cemetery:  it was destroyed in 1569 by order of Pope Pius V and was rediscovered  during excavations in 2012-2014. Archaeologists uncovered … continue reading →

Italy: Magnificent Synagogue of Casale Monferrato marks 50 years since fullscale restoration, with video that shows the dramatic process

In April, the magnificent synagogue of Casale Monferrato, a small town in Italy’s northwest Piedmont (Piemonte) region, celebrated 50 years since its reinauguration after a fullscale restoration. It marked the anniversary with a video documenting the dramatic restoration process half … continue reading →

Czech Republic: Two recent books on Jewish cemeteries in the Czech Republic

Two new books, both richly illustrated with photographs, have recently been published about Jewish cemeteries in the Czech Republic. They add to a list of earlier publications, and while it seems that they are both only available in the Czech … continue reading →

America’s Memorial Day: we mark it with an image of the grave of a Jewish American soldier who fell fighting in France in World War I

Today, May 27, is marked as Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday observed on the last Monday in May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Jewish soldiers were among the … continue reading →