Jewish Heritage Europe


Legacy of the Shtetl: Investigating Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian Borderlands @ Online Zoom event
Feb 23 @ 18:00 – 19:00
Legacy of the Shtetl: Investigating Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian Borderlands @ Online Zoom event | Bentonville | Arkansas | United States
The Legacy of the Shtetl: Investigating Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian Borderlands
with Dr Magdalena Waligórska, and Dr Natalia Romik, respondent, and with Prof François Guesnet, Chair 
Co-organized by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and  the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies
Magdalena Waligórska takes us on a journey to the post-1945 Polish-Ukrainian-Belorusian borderlands where she explores small towns which had a predominantly Jewish population before the Second World War and the Holocaust. Here, Jewish property both entirely fell under the control of the new ethnic majority and remained a “disinherited heritage” that continues to cause dissonance and psychological discomfort to its current “heirs.”
The unsettling presence of Jewish ruins, resurfacing human remains, walled-in objects, collapsing cellars, and the recycled tombstones constitutes an “intrusion of the past into the present” that, decades after the war, still demands action and results in different local responses.
The respondent, Natalia Romik, is an artist, urban historian, and architect from Warsaw who has undertaken similar but different explorations of the Jewish heritage in small Polish towns.
Returning To The Town Known As Auschwitz @ Online Zoom event
Feb 23 @ 23:00 – Feb 24 @ 00:00
Returning To The Town Known As Auschwitz @ Online Zoom event | Dallas | Texas | United States

As part of events marking the 20th anniversary of the Auschwtiz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Poland, this web event will explore the Center’s commemoration efforts in Oświęcim and their impact on descendants of the town’s Jewish residents.

The Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC) is a branch of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in New York.

The program will feature Barbara Posner, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor from Oświęcim, and Shlomi Shaked, the grandson of another survivor from Oświęcim, who have both reconnected with the town over the past two decades.

The organizer ask that attendees please consider making a $20 contribution in recognition of the Auschwitz Jewish Center’s 20th anniversary and in support of its next 20 years.
Register at this link —
Connecting Small Histories: a Festival of Local Heritage @ Online Zoom event
Mar 15 – Mar 25 all-day
Connecting Small Histories: a Festival of Local Heritage @ Online Zoom event

The Festival brings together both the work of the National Lottery Heritage project “Connecting Small Histories” and 12 other major Jewish Heritage projects.

“Connecting Small Histories” draws the footprint of Jewish life in what are now small or former communities across the United Kingdom. Through stories and memories it identifies the Jewish legacy in the local economies and culture, beginning with six very different locations, Eastbourne, St Annes, Bradford, Sunderland, Cumbria and Somerset.

After almost twelve months of work, the History Festival begins the telling of these “Small Histories”, bringing both them and a wide selection of projects from the project’s Heritage Hub to a wider public.

The program brings together story tellers, academics, our volunteer researchers and the research team, to paint a picture of Jewish life and heritage spread wide across the country, in towns and countryside.

Jewish Heritage Europe is delighted to be one of the partners of this event!

Click here to see the program and register for the online events



Architecture and Assimilation: Anglo-Jews, Alien Jews and the Politics of the Fin de Siècle Synagogue @ webinar
Mar 17 @ 16:00 – 17:30

A seminar that will be held online on Microsoft Teams. Guests can register, and gain access, by emailing

Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester.


Symposium: Transitions – On the Jewish Diaspora in Europe @ Webinar - online
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day
Symposium: Transitions - On the Jewish Diaspora in Europe @ Webinar - online

Organized by the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, an excellent line-up or scholars, activists, and professionals will discuss some of the changes Jews and Jewish life have undergone in Europe over the past 30 years (or so).


Click here to see the program


Jewish Ceremonial Art: Continuing the Conversation @ Online Zoom event
Apr 13 @ 12:00 – 13:00
Jewish Ceremonial Art: Continuing the Conversation @ Online Zoom event

A Program in Memory of Vivian B. Mann Featuring talks by Laura Arnold Leibman (Reed College) and Maya Balakirsky Katz (Bar-Ilan University), in conversation with Magda Teter (Fordham University)

Jewish ceremonial objects have been studied and collected for nearly 150 years. In the past few decades, however, their importance in understanding social, historic, and aesthetic issues in a variety of cultural contexts has begun to increase.

This program is dedicated to the memory of Vivian B. Mann, a long-time Judaica curator at The Jewish Museum in New York and head of the graduate program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Mann started initiatives to ensure that the rigorous study of Judaica would become part of the discourse of wider disciplines such as art history, history and Jewish studies. Building on her legacy, Laura Arnold Leibman and Maya Balakirsky Katz will each speak about a ceremonial object from the vantage point of their different disciplines, and then engage in a conversation with Magda Teter about the state of the field today and the possibilities for the future.


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A Jewish space Called Europe? @ Online Zoom webinar
Apr 13 @ 19:30 – 21:00
A Jewish space Called Europe? @ Online Zoom webinar | Dallas | Texas | United States

Online-Lecture and talk with Dr. Diana Pinto, Paris (in English)

The conversation with Diana Pinto is conducted by Hanno Loewy, Director of the Jewish Museum Hohenems.

It was in the mid-1990’s Diana Pinto coined the term “Jewish Space” to define one of the specificities of the Jewish presence/absence, ongoing creativity and memory inside what was at the time a rapidly expanding European setting. After the fall of the Berlin Wall a new whiff of democratic pluralism allowed Jews across the continent to define themselves well beyond their official Jewish representative institutions. “Jewish Spaces” emerged where Jewish themes, ideas, creativity, life, traditions, and history intersected with the wider society – in a diasporic setting in which, unlike Israel or the United States, non-Jews were also integral actors of these Spaces.

At the same time, in the past thirty years, doubts about an ongoing Jewish future in the former lands of the Holocaust have never gone away. They have even increased with the return of antisemitism and the much publicized departure of many Jews (especially in France) to settle in Israel. For many, Europe was once a continent of Jewish life, but no longer.

Diana Pinto counters this interpretation by explaining why Jewish Spaces across Europe are continuing to expand. The symbolic importance of these Jewish Spaces has even taken on a new relevance in light of the growing populism and right wing revisionism which has infected the entire Western world (including Israel and the US). In the battle between liberal democracy and illiberal populism, such Spaces are destined to play an ever more important role in anchoring pluralist reflexes and universal values across the Continent.

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ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites
Apr 16 all-day
ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites

ICOMOS established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites in 1982 ,followed by UNESCO adoption during its 22nd General Conference.

This year, the theme is entitled Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures.”

Each year,  ICOMOS proposes a theme for activities to be organized by its members, National and International Scientific Committees, partners, and anyone who wants to join in marking the Day.

Acknowledging global calls for greater inclusion and recognition of diversity, the International Day for Monuments and Sites 2021 invites participants to reflect on, reinterpret, and re-examine existing narratives.

Click to see a calendar events in participating countries


Swedish Synagogue Architecture @ Online Zoom event
Apr 19 all-day
Swedish Synagogue Architecture @ Online Zoom event

The Symposium on Swedish Synagogue Architecture (1795–1870) and the Cultural Milieu of the Early Jewish Immigrants to Sweden will take place on Zoom, on April 19, 2021.

It is organized by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University, the University of Potsdam, and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, with the support of the Stockholm Jewish Museum.

To attend, click this link to register:

The opening presentation will be of particular interest, an overview by Daniel Leviathan of his PhD dissertation project, “Jewish Sacred Architecture in the Nordic Countries 1684-1939.” 

Besides Leviathan, speakers will include Vladimir Levin and Sergey Kravtsov, of the Center for Jewish Art in Jerusalem; Ilia Rodov of Bar Ilan University; Maja Hultman, of the Centre for European Research and Department of Historical Studies at University of Gothenburg Centre for Business History in Stockholm; Mirko Przystawik, of Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe, Technische Universität Braunschweig; Yael Fried, of The Jewish Museum of Stockholm; and Carl Henrik Carlsson, of The Hugo Valentin Centre, Department of History, Uppsala University.

Click here to see the full program, with abstracts of talks 

CAJM Global Conference for Jewish Museums @ Online Zoom event
Apr 20 @ 16:00 – 21:30
CAJM Global Conference for Jewish Museums @ Online Zoom event

CAJM — The Council of American Jewish Museums — is partnering with the Association of European Jewish Museums on a first online Global Conference for Jewish Museums.

Click here to register

See the program lineup in the conference brochure

The conferences will collectively examine the topic of Upheaval – knowing that contemporary issues and forces around the world, including the pandemic, have had a great impact on museums and museum professionals.  At the same time, museums are creating their own upheavals – through innovation, reconfiguration, and new priorities that will reshape their work for years to come.


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