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Belarus UPDATE: Two more former synagogues are up for auction in Belarus — one has a starting price of only €37

NOTE: This updates our post yesterday (Feb. 25). Former synagogues in two villages near each other in western Belarus are up for sale. One, the former Great Synagogue in Ostrino (Astryna), goes up for auction March 18 with a starting … continue reading →

Call for Proposals: American Academy of Religion annual conference, November 2021 (deadline for submissions March 8)

There is still time to submit a proposal for a paper at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, scheduled to be held November 20-23, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas (or ….maybe online?). The deadline for submission is March 8. … continue reading →

Belarus: the latest former synagogue up for sale for a nominal sum is that in Ostrino/Astryna — up for auction with a starting price of €37

Another former synagogue in Belarus is up for sale for a nominal price — this one is the former Great Synagogue in the small town of Ostrino (Astryna), in western Belarus near the Polish and Lithuanian borders. Terms of the … continue reading →

Bosnia-Herzegovina: City of Zenica returns its synagogue to the use of the B-H Jewish community; to become a Jewish center and cultural space

The city of Zenica, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, has returned the Moorish-style synagogue for the use of the Bosnian Jewish community, in hopes of fostering the historic multicultural identity of the town. Jakob Finci, the president of the Jewish community of Bosnia-Herzegovina, … continue reading →