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Jul
11
Sun
“House of Eternity” photo exhibition @ Synagogue in Hagenow
Jul 11 – Oct 17 all-day
"House of Eternity" photo exhibition @ Synagogue in Hagenow | Hagenow | Mecklenburg-Vorpommern | Germany

“House of Eternity: Jewish cemeteries in the Central European cultural area 2004–2021.”

A photo documentation by Berlin-based Marcel-Th. and Klaus Jacobs.

The 45 black and white photos in the exhibition, featuring Jewish cemeteries  in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Czech Republic, were taken with an analog Leica camera.

The exhibition was made possible by donations from the Circle of Friends for the Preservation of the Jewish Cemeteries in Central Europe.

Further information abut the project is available at: www.jüdische-friedhöfe.de

 

Aug
3
Tue
World War I Jewish Soldiers – Willesden Jewish Cemetery @ online webinar
Aug 3 @ 20:00 – 21:00
World War I Jewish Soldiers - Willesden Jewish Cemetery @ online webinar

Willesden Jewish Cemetery volunteer researchers Corinne Van Colle and Jackie Asher spent 2½ years uncovering the stories of the many Jewish soldiers killed in action during World War 1 who are buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Encountering many challenges including worn headstones, inconsistent records, and changed names, they eventually discovered commemorations relating to over 350 servicemen (and one woman!). Research revealed, too, their many different family backgrounds: these were the sons of Edwardian Anglo-Jewish engineers, bootmakers and bankers. In this webinar, Corinne and Jackie will share some of the forgotten stories of the young Jewish men, memorialised in the cemetery in moving inscriptions and poems, who went to war in 1914.

Aug
8
Sun
Czech Day of Jewish Monuments
Aug 8 all-day

The fourth edition of the Day of Jewish Monuments in the Czech Republic. There is a smartphone app as well as an interactive map on the Day’s web site to help visitors.

More than 50 selected Jewish heritage sites in more than 40 towns in Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia will be open to visitors. They include synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, museums, and other sites. Some of them are generally closed to the public;  some have recently undergone extensive renovation or are in the process of restoration.

There are various associated events such as guided tours and concerts.

The event is organized by the Jewish community in Prague in cooperation with Matana, the administrative body for Jewish property, the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and other regional partners.

 

Aug
24
Tue
The Great Synagogue of Vilnius – Finds from the Past and a Vision for the Future @ Both at Lithuanian Jewish Community Center and on Facebook
Aug 24 @ 18:00 – 19:00
The Great Synagogue of Vilnius – Finds from the Past and a Vision for the Future @ Both at Lithuanian Jewish Community Center and on Facebook | Vilnius | Vilniaus apskritis | Lithuania
Lecture by Dr. Jon Seligman – Archaeologist and the Director of the Excavations, Surveys and Research Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Since August 9 team of archaeologists with led by Dr. Seligman continues the works of previous excavation seasons of Vilnius Great Synagogue and this August plan to fully expose the remainder of the Bimah, the Torah Ark/Aron Kodesh, the floor and the southeastern and northwestern walls of the synagogue.

The lecture will be in English.

Place: Lithuanian Jewish community, Pylimo str. 4., III floor.

The project is partially financed by the Good Will Foundation.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/i-the-great-synagogue-of-vilni/267447701552421/

Aug
25
Wed
Architecture of Devotion – The Plans of Lipót Baumhorn for the Szeged New Synagogue @ Pava utca synagogue
Aug 25 2021 @ 16:30 – Jan 20 2022 @ 16:30

An exhibition presenting the construction history of the Szeged New Synagogue. The opening event is at 16:30 on August 25 (see the picture for the program).

The Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Center (MÉM MDK), in cooperation with the Jewish Community of Szeged and the Holocaust Memorial  Center, is commemorating Lipót Baumhorn and the 120 year-old synagogue in Szeged with an exhibition.

Baumhorn letter with drawing of Szeged synagogue. Photo: Szeged Jewish community/Rediscover

The exhibition on the ground floor of the Páva Street Synagogue, which is part of the Holocaust Memorial Center, focuses on the New Synagogue in Szeged, built between 1900 and 1903. In addition to the construction plans and the documents on the building created at the time of its construction, the sacred textiles made for the inauguration of the synagogue, including the Torah Ark curtain (parochet) and the Torah mantel will also be on display. The Jewish Community of Szeged has had the richly embroidered silk objects restored for this occasion.

Besides these objects, rich photographic material also illustrates the oeuvre of Lipót Baumhorn, who was born 160 years ago. The exhibits will not only present the twenty-six synagogues he designed, but visitors will also be able to see examples of his secular architectural work, as interpreted by the photographer Krisztina Bélavári. The synagogue that houses the exhibition was also designed by Lipót Baumhorn, so he is being commemorated in a worthy setting.

New Synagogue, Szeged

Curator: Ágnes Ivett Oszkó, Ph.D., art historian of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Center

Director of the restoration project for the Jewish Community of Szeged: Dóra Pataricza, Ph.D., historian

Professional consultants: Vera Ábrahám, head of the Archives of the Szeged Jewish Community; Dr. Rudolf Klein, Head of Department, University of Óbuda Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture; Pál Ritoók, art historian, head of the Museum Department of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Center

Aug
29
Sun
“Restoring the Memory of Jewish Communities of Upper Silesia” @ online
Aug 29 @ 19:00 – 20:00
“Restoring the Memory of Jewish Communities of Upper Silesia” @ online
“RESTORING THE MEMORY OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF UPPER SILESIA”
 
31 year old Sławek Pastuszka is the grandchild of two Holocaust survivors. He is the new head of the Katowice Chevrah Kadisha (burial society). Sławek is doctoral student in Judaic Studies at Jagiellonian University, a cemetery guardian/preservationist and a prolific author of books and articles on Jewish history and Jewish cemeteries.
 
Most recently, Sławek was instrumental in retrieving dozens of tombstones that were vandalized many years ago from the Sosnowiec cemetery. The talk will be in English.
Here is the Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 892 5998 5966
Passcode: HLK4Wh
Sep
2
Thu
Jewish cemetery Katowice clean-up @ Katowice Jewish cemetery
Sep 2 @ 10:00 – 18:00
Jewish cemetery Katowice clean-up @ Katowice Jewish cemetery | Katowice | Śląskie | Poland

On four Thursdays in September, there will be a volunteer clean-up action at the Jewish cemetery in Katowice, Poland, organised by Slawek Pastuszka of the Chevra Kadisha, and the Foundation for Cultural Heritage.

The organizers will try to provide the participants with as many tools as possible for work, but ask volunteers to bring at least cloth gloves and basic tools, preferably a rake. 

 

Sep
5
Sun
European Day(s) of Jewish Culture
Sep 5 all-day
European Day(s) of Jewish Culture

The annual European Day(s) of Jewish Culture officially kicks off on Sunday September 5th, 2021. However, in several countries events and activities are being planned before and after this date.

This year the European Days of Jewish Culture will take place under the umbrella of the NOA project (Networks Overcoming Antisemitism), promoting the creation of positive narratives around Jewish culture in Europe.

It is under this umbrella, and with the intention of disseminating and promoting positive narratives that highlight the contribution of European Jewry to a more pluralistic and inclusive Europe, that the theme for this year’s edition will be:

DIALOGUE

Click the EDJC web site for programs, schedules etc

 

Sep
9
Thu
Jewish cemetery Katowice clean-up @ Katowice Jewish cemetery
Sep 9 @ 10:00 – 18:00
Jewish cemetery Katowice clean-up @ Katowice Jewish cemetery | Katowice | Śląskie | Poland

On four Thursdays in September, there will be a volunteer clean-up action at the Jewish cemetery in Katowice, Poland, organised by Slawek Pastuszka of the Chevra Kadisha, and the Foundation for Cultural Heritage.

The organizers will try to provide the participants with as many tools as possible for work, but ask volunteers to bring at least cloth gloves and basic tools, preferably a rake. 

 

Sep
13
Mon
Jewish Heritage Hard Talk: Learning from the past, looking toward the future @ zoom webinar
Sep 13 @ 19:00 – 20:00
Jewish Heritage Hard Talk: Learning from the past, looking toward the future @ zoom webinar

Join JHE’s Ruth Ellen Gruber, the AEPJ’s Victor Sorenssen, the Taube Center’s Helise Lieberman, and the National Library of Israel’s Caron Sethill in a lively roundtable discussion of Jewish heritage issues.

The panel will discuss and debate the realities of Jewish monuments and heritage sites in Europe: from their destruction during and after the Holocaust to the “Jewish archaeology” of their documentation and rediscovery; to the multiple challenges and strategies for their preservation and future use: for religious purposes, education, tourism, culture, commemoration, and more.  

Catalyst for the conversation is a set of strategic guidelines issued by Sally Berkovic, the CEO of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. Called The 10 Commandments for Jewish Heritage, they provide a framework to look back at what has happened, assess the current situation, and look ahead.

The roundtable takes place within the context of the European Days of Jewish Culture.

Click here to register 

 

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