It’s Hanukkah next week…. so here are a couple gift ideas….
THE “VANISHED WORLD” 2022 CALENDAR
Once again, the incredibly productive and generous Christian Herrmann has created a “Vanished World” calendar based on his evocative photographs of Jewish heritage in eastern Europe and offers it free for download and printing.
“Many people have given to me in the past year,” Christian writes on his Vanished World blog.
They have stood by my side when I needed them. They have given me comfort or simply held my hand when there were no more words. Now it is my turn to give something. The Vanished World calendar for 2022 is now available for download and can be printed at will. The subject for 2022 is Jewish heritage in Ukraine and is largely based on a trip I undertook in August and September 2021 – one of the few trips that were possible at all last year. Have a great 2022, stay safe and healthy!
There are two versions of the calendar — in English and in German. You can download it from the Vanished World web site.
BOOK — SYNAGOGUES: MARVELS OF JUDAISM
Published by Rizzoli and edited by Leyla Uluhanli, this is a coffee-table book driven by spectacular, newly commissioned photographs of more than 60 synagogues, ranging from the ancient to the modern, in Europe, North Africa, Russia, the Caucasus, Israel, and the Americas.
Along with the photographs, the book features essays by leading scholars in the field who explore the history, architecture, and art of synagogues. They include Lidia Chakovskaya, Steven Fine, Max Fineblum, Mohammad Gharipour, Samuel D. Gruber, Sergey R. Kravtsov, Michael Levin, and Edward van Voolen.
The official publication date is tomorrow — November 23.
Watch an interview with Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, one of the contributors to the book, discussing his essay and synagogues in general.