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Hungary: Reclaiming a mikveh in a quaint wine-making village whose Jewish community perished in the Shoah

  Work is under way to reclaim and restore the long-abandoned old mikveh in Erdőbénye, a quaint village in the Tokaj wine region of northeastern Hungary whose Jewish community perished in the Shoah. Its private owner wants to restore it … continue reading →

Poland: Mikveh in Wrocław under restoration, as both a functioning ritual bath and exhibition space

  The Bente Kahan Foundation has begun to restore the more than century-old mikveh in Wrocław, Poland as both a functioning ritual bath and space for a permanent exhibition dedicated to the narrative of the Jewish lIfe cycle. The mikveh … continue reading →

Poland: the preserved Mikveh in Chmielnik

Note: This is an updated and revised version of a post made earlier, including further information and background about the mikvah, from Virtual Shtetl.   A well-preserved mikvah in the small town of Chmielnik in south-central Poland remains largely intact in … continue reading →

Germany: Centuries-old mikveh discovered

  Archeologists have discovered a mikveh, or ritual bath, dating back to the 16th or 17th century  in the town of Schmalkalden in former East Germany. The Thuringian State Office of Historic Monuments and Archaeology (TLDA) announced the discovery on October … continue reading →

Serbia: Restoration work on historic mikveh in Pirot

    Work has been started — and apparently is progressing — to restore and preserve the historic mikveh (ritual bath) in Pirot, Serbia. Thanks to Jasna Ciric, the president of the Jewish community in nearby Nis, who has kindly … continue reading →