Jewish Heritage Europe

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May
8
Wed
Psalm: Edmund de Waal installation @ Venice
May 8 – Sep 29 all-day
Psalm: Edmund de Waal installation @ Venice  | Venezia | Veneto | Italy

 

Edmund de Waal is creating a major new two-part exhibition to be displayed in the 500-year-old Jewish Ghetto in Venice, coinciding with the opening of the 58th Biennale.

The first part is located in the spaces surrounding the Canton Scuola, the beautiful 16th century synagogue in the Ghetto Nuovo, which is now part of the Jewish Museum.

New installations of porcelain, marble and gold will reflect the literary and musical heritage of this extraordinary place. The intention is to animate spaces that are little known and little understood by visitors to the Biennale and to bring new audiences into the Ghetto.

The second part of the work will be a pavilion based at the Ateneo Veneto, the fifteenth-century building near the Fenice Opera House that has been an historic centre for cultural debate in Venice. Here, de Waal is constructing a small building within the main space that will house 2,000 books by exiled writers, from Ovid to the present day.

May
12
Sun
Jewish Traces in Franconia @ Judisches Museum Franken, Fürth
May 12 @ 14:00 – Sep 22 @ 14:00
Jewish Traces in Franconia @ Judisches Museum Franken, Fürth | Fürth | Bayern | Germany

An exhibition of photographs by Christian Schuster, focusing on the traces of Jewish (often rural) life in northern Bavaria’s Franconia region.

The opening ceremony is at 14:00 on May 12, 2019.

 

May
16
Thu
Journey through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter @ Lviv Historical Museum
May 16 @ 16:00 – Jul 16 @ 18:00
Journey through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter @ Lviv Historical Museum | L'viv | L'vivs'ka oblast | Ukraine

A multi-media exhibit at the at the Lviv Historical Museum (Market Square 6).

The opening is a 16:00 on May 16.

There is an outdoor part and also an indoor multimedia installation that showcases Jewish life in Lviv and region in the 1920s-30s.

Events in conjunction with the exhibit include “The Hall of the Synagogues” exhibition (1 Vuhilna Street); a public symposium organized by the Ukrainian Catholic University, and special projects at Lviv’s Territory of Terror Museum and the Museum of Religions.

 

May
26
Sun
Inheritance Day @ Willesden Jewish Cemetery
May 26 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Inheritance Day @ Willesden Jewish Cemetery | England | United Kingdom

As part of its “House of Life” project to open the cemetery to the public, nine families will be coming to the historic Willesden Jewish cemetery on May 26 to tell stories of people buried there.

Jun
6
Thu
Dedication monument made of rescued matzevot @ Jewish cemetery, Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland
Jun 6 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A second memorial wall made of rescued matzevot has been constructed next to the 2011 original memorial wall and will be inaugurated. These are matzevot that were buried under local streets and have been recovered in recent months, thanks to the the initiative and efforts of Grzegorz Grzybowski and with the support of Mayor Kowalski and local military authorities.  

Gregorz Grzybowski is the contractor who designed and built the wall and plaza at the cemetery that was dedicated in 2011. 

It is known that there are still partial and full headstones scattered around the city that had been used for walls, walkways, etc. The Mayor’s office has undertaken a program to encourage people who have these to turn them in to the city and receive replacement blocks or decorative pavers in return.

The dedication of the new monument takes place withing an annual reunion of descendants from Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, taking place June 4-6.

Jun
19
Wed
Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe @ University of Groningen, Netherlands
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

Secularization and immigration are changing the religious makeup of European societies. While more people identify as non-religious, new arrivals and conversion mean that the religious landscape is becoming increasingly more complex. This presents challenges and opportunities to organizations, government agencies and scholars engaged with maintaining and promoting cultural heritage. How should Europe’s plural religious pasts be represented? How can heritage be translated for audiences that do not identify with local religious traditions? What challenges and chances lie in the process of secularization? Can or should heritage organizations foster dialogue between groups in multi-religious societies? These pressing questions are at the heart of the conference “Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe.”

In order to explore answers to these questions, the conference will bring into conversation scholars, museum curators, heritage professionals, visual artists, as well as leaders of religious and secular organizations.

The Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen has long provided expertise and training in heritage studies. They have teamed up with two of the most important national heritage organizations: the Museum Catharijneconvent, which is the national Dutch museum for Christian heritage and history, and the Jewish Cultural Quarter, which runs the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. Our partner on the European level is Future of Religious Heritage, the Brussels-based network for historic places of worship.

Jun
23
Sun
Workshop on Jewish Heritage: Museums & Their Communities @ Jewish Museum London
Jun 23 @ 18:30 – Jun 25 @ 17:00
Workshop on Jewish Heritage: Museums & Their Communities @ Jewish Museum London | United Kingdom

 

The 2nd International Workshop on Jewish Heritage organized by the Parkes Institute is following on from the 2016 workshop themed around ‘Jewish Heritage and Its Communities’. That workshop brought together academics, museum staff and grassroots activists from all over Europe. Excellent presentations covered a wide range of topics, from Judaica collecting in St Petersburg to audience expectations at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow and the innovative use of churches in the UK and stimulated animated discussions. Yet many aspects of community-relations could only be briefly addressed and that is why another conference has been organized. This event will focus more specifically on museums and communities and take place at the Jewish Museum London.

Museums entertain multiple relationships with communities, be they volunteers, sponsors, visitors and other users, but also with the people in their immediate neighbourhoods and the wider society. They all have their own agendas and interests, which can come into conflict with each other. Many of these issues pertain to all museums, but Jewish museums are also confronted with specific challenges. An important particularity is that many Jewish museums in Europe have been established over the last three decades in places with hardly any Jewish communities left. Yet, most of them reach beyond the Jewish communities and try to speak both to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.

The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue across nations and between practitioners, researchers, and those who work for museums, in a professional or voluntary capacity. There is scope for forging closer links between these agents who work in the same sector but lack joint forums for debate. The last workshop has led to a couple of working partnerships and we hope that the same will happen again next time. The event will also be an opportunity for participants to showcase their most recent research and museum projects and to network internationally.

The program is available here

Your place on the conference can be booked via the online store here.

Jul
2
Tue
Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future @ Jews in Latvia Museum, Riga
Jul 2 – Jul 3 all-day
Riga Jewish Community, Museum “Jews in Latvia” and Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Belcova (Riga, Latvia), in collaboration with the International Center of Litvak Photography (Kaunas, Lithuania) and Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw, Poland) are sponsoring the International Conference “Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future”. 
 
The aim of the conference is to present new researches about the relationships between the Holocaust and art (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, the art of commemoration), as well as the ways that individuals reacted towards atrocities, how they tried to preserve their human dignity, and how the traumatic experience of the Holocaust has influenced European society. 
Jul
14
Sun
Sefer Jewish Studies Conference @ Sefer Center, Moscow
Jul 14 – Jul 16 all-day

The 26th annual Sefer conference.

The conference program is expected to include sections that reflect the traditional areas of Jewish Studies (Biblical and Talmudic studies, Jewish thought, Jewish history of different periods, the Judeo-Christian relations, the Holocaust, languages ​​and literature, art, ethnology, demography, genealogy, museums and archives, et al.). 
 
Some of the themed sections will include:

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