Jewish Heritage Europe

Turkey: Progress in Izmir — rescue of the Etz Hayim and Talmud Torah synagogues, and substantial EU grant

(JHE) — Good news from Izmir! Nesim Bencoya reports  “meaningful progress” in the rescue of two long-derelict historic synagogues — the Etz Hayim and the Talmud Torah (Hevra). In addition, in a separate development, he reports that a broad, three-year … continue reading →

The 2021 “Vanished World” Jewish Heritage Calendar is available for free download

  Its that time of year again — The 2021 Vanished World Jewish Heritage Calendar by the Cologne-based photographer Christian Herrmann is available for free download from his Vanished World web site. Each year, Christian puts together a calendar featuring … continue reading →

Poland: Maria Piechotka, influential pioneer of research on synagogue architecture, dies — at 100 — in Warsaw

(JHE) — The Jewish heritage world has lost a giant — Maria Piechotka, a pioneer in the study of synagogue architecture in Poland and mentor to generations, has died in Warsaw, just months after her 100th birthday. May her soul … continue reading →

Poland: the inventory of Warsaw’s Bródno Jewish cemetery has been completed. So far, the inscriptions on only 2,184 out of c. 40,000 stones could be read — the others have to wait til the stones are lifted

(JHE) — Mazel tov! Researchers have completed the gargantuan task of making an inventory of the c. 40,000 headstones in Warsaw’s Bródno Jewish cemetery — most of which were uprooted during and after WW2 and have been lying piled up … continue reading →