Jewish Heritage Europe


Open Day Merthyr Tydfil @ Theatre Soar, Merthyr Tydfil
Feb 18 @ 10:00 – 15:30
Open Day Merthyr Tydfil @ Theatre Soar, Merthyr Tydfil | Wales | United Kingdom

Open Day to share plans for Welsh Jewish Heritage Centre in Merthyr Tydfil.

The public is invited to explore Merthyr Tydfil’s historic synagogue and help shape plans to create a Welsh Jewish Heritage Centre.

There will be tours of the synagogue throughout the day, along with music from a Welsh klezmer band and a talk on the history of Merthyr’s once-thriving
Jewish community.

The project team will be on hand to find out what local people think of the plans for the future of the building, and record their memories of its past life.

Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue was built in the 1870s and is the oldest purpose-built synagogue surviving in Wales. After the congregation left in 1983, its condition deteriorated. The Foundation for Jewish Heritage purchased it in 2019 and the Prince of Wales, now King Charles III, visited in 2021. The following year, the Foundation secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Welsh government and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to develop the plans.


Rashi and Troyes Memory and Place in 21st Century Europe @ Online
Mar 14 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Rashi and Troyes Memory and Place in 21st Century Europe @ Online

For 1,000 years, the teachings of the Jewish scholar and innovative commentator Rashi of Troyes have shaped our humanist, moral and legal values. There is now an initiative to have Rashi and the wider region where he was active in France recognized by the European Heritage Label.

A Public Interest Group has been constituted by the State, the City of Troyes, the Department of Aube, the Region Grand-Est and the Central Consistoire of France to prepare the candidacy for the European Heritage Label designation. The originality of this project to connect the local and regional level where the lack of material artefacts has favored artistic creation and the development of new educational resources and environmentally sustainable tourist networks, with national and international initiatives.

Delphine Yagüe, the Director, and Professor Josef Konvitz, coordinator of the scientific advisory committee for the GIP project, will describe some of the current and planned innovative activities which highlight the European dimension of the site, attracting youth, contributing to the fight against antisemitism, and connecting with the activities of other European Heritage Label sites.

Program 18.00-19:30 CET

18:00: Introduction: Dr. Susanne Urban & Tomasz Wlodarski
18:10: Rashi and Troyes: Memory and Place in 21st Century Europe:
Delphine Yagüe & Prof. Josef Konvitz
19:00: Discussion
19:25: Wrap Up by Michael Mail

Please register for the event here (link to the Google Form) –

The Zoom link will be sent just prior to the event.

Journeys to Treblinka @ Holocaust Centre North Huddersfield, and online
Mar 20 @ 17:00 – 18:00

Since 2007, forensic archaeological investigations have revealed new evidence of the crimes undertaken at the notorious Treblinka Extermination Camp in Poland.

In this talk, Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls will outline some of the key findings of this research and discuss the ways they have inspired Holocaust survivors and their descendants based in the UK to undertake their own journeys to commemorate their loved ones.

Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls’ pioneering research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes. She conducted the first forensic archaeological investigations at Treblinka Extermination and Labour Camps, the results of which will be presented in her forthcoming book Finding Treblinka. She is also the author of several other books including Holocaust Archaeologies: Approaches and Future Directions (2015), the Handbook on Missing Persons (2016) and ‘Adolf Island: The Nazi Occupation of Alderney (2022).


Manchester Jewish Museum Synagogue 150th anniversary @ Manchester Jewish Museum
May 6 @ 12:00 – 16:00
Manchester Jewish Museum Synagogue 150th anniversary @ Manchester Jewish Museum | England | United Kingdom
Open Day celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Manchester Jewish Museum’s Spanish & Portuguese synagogue, which was inaugurated on May 6, 1874.  NOTE: Fully bookedt already.
As part of the open day, there will be the launch of a new exhibition about the history of  synagogue and its communities which will run for several months. 
The exhibition focuses in part on several personalities and families. They include one of the founders of our synagogue, Moses Ben Messulam, who was  born in Constantinople in 1829 and was one of the earliest Sephardi migrants to visit Manchester in the 1840s. He was at the first meeting about the establishment of our synagogue in 1872. 
Another key figure was Ezra Altaras, who came to England from Syria, in 1874. Ezra was president of the synagogue three times and was very active in communal affairs. When he died in 1913, his wife, Maude, donated a beautiful round stained-glass window to the synagogue.

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