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Feb
23
Tue
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 — https://mjhnyc.org/events/returning-to-the-town-known-as-auschwitz/
Apr
19
Mon
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: http://bit.ly/2021-04-19

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 

Apr
25
Sun
Warsaw Jewish cemetery cleanup @ Warsaw Jewish Cemetery
Apr 25 @ 11:00 – 16:00
Warsaw Jewish cemetery cleanup @ Warsaw Jewish Cemetery | Warszawa | Mazowieckie | Poland

Volunteer cleanup action of the Okopowa st Jewish cemetery

 

May
5
Wed
Jewish Heritage Preservation: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies @ Online webinar
May 5 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Jewish Heritage Preservation: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies @ Online webinar
 

Why should Jewish heritage matter? To whom does it belong? Who are the responsible stakeholders in its preservation? How can we ensure its future?

A #TJHTalks program organized in partnership with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage, and Jewish Heritage Hard Talk.

Click here to register

Four experts will respond to these questions from global, regional, national, and local perspectives. They will discuss achievements thus far and how cooperation and strategic thinking are necessary to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

The webinar will include a 45-minute discussion, followed by a 15-minute Q&A, in which you can ask questions submitted before or during the broadcast.

Speakers:

Ruth Ellen Gruber, Coordinator, Jewish Heritage Europe

Piotr Puchta, Director, Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland

Victor Sorenssen, Director, The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ)

moderated by

Helise Lieberman, Director, Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning
 
 
May
9
Sun
Cemetery clean-up — Okopowa st Jewish cemetery Warsaw @ Jewish cemetery Warsaw
May 9 @ 11:00 – 16:00
Cemetery clean-up -- Okopowa st Jewish cemetery Warsaw @ Jewish cemetery Warsaw | Warszawa | Mazowieckie | Poland

Another of the regular volunteer Jewish cemetery clean-ups at the Okopowa st. Jewish cemetery in Warsaw.

Turn up ready to work — the weather forecast is good!

 

 

 

 

May
15
Sat
Explore former ghetto, Finale Emilia @ former Jewish ghetto
May 15 @ 09:00 – 17:30

Every half hour there will be a guided walking tour of the former Jewish ghetto in Finale Emilia.

Participants must wear masks and follow other COVID-19 health measures.

The tours are presented as part of the Italian Environment Fund’s Springtime Open Days events around the country.

 

Click here to learn more and register — reservations are necessary

May
16
Sun
Explore Jewish cemetery Finale Emilia @ Jewish cemetery Finale Emilia
May 16 @ 09:00 – 17:30

There will be a guided walking tour every half hour of the Jewish cemetery, founded in the 17th century. The cemetery had been abandoned for decades until a major restoration and clean-up in 1987 and a further restoration in 2015.

Participants must wear masks and follow other COVID-19 health measures.

The tours are presented as part of the Italian Environment Fund’s Springtime Open Days events around the country.

Click here to register — reservations are required

 

 

Warsaw Jewish cemetery cleanup @ Warsaw Jewish Cemetery
May 16 @ 11:00 – 17:00
Warsaw Jewish cemetery cleanup @ Warsaw Jewish Cemetery | Warszawa | Mazowieckie | Poland

The latest in the regular volunteer clean up initiatives at the Okopowa st. Jewish cemetery.

 

 

May
19
Wed
Jewish Bialystok virtual tour @ Online event
May 19 @ 19:00 – 20:00
Jewish Bialystok virtual tour @ Online event

Take a a virtual tour of Bialystok with Tomasz Wisniewski, an expert in Jewish history of Podlasie region, who will guide viewers through the city space and history of Bialystok, a home to Jewish community from the mid-17th century. Join in to listen to the history of Jewish community of Bialystok: its role in the rapid development of the town in the 19th century, social and cultural life in early 20th century, and the fate of Jews during Soviet and Nazi occupation.

The tour is part of the regular “Zoom in” program of the Forum for Dialogue NGO.

Wisniewski has been working for more than 30 years to preserve the memory of the Jewish communities of Poland’s eastern borderland. He created the web site jewishbialystok.pl as an online museum of Jewish history in the region and he received the POLIN museum award in 2018.

He has written several books, including a guidebook to Jewish Bialystok and surroundings, and on his YouTube channel  you can find more than 2,000 films presenting Jewish history of the region. He has documented Jewish cemeteries and runs the site bagnowka.pl, which collects data on almost 40,000  tombstones, mainly Jewish ones, and also presents other heritage information.

Click here to register

 

 

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