Jewish Heritage Europe


Parallel Traces photo exhibit @ Museum of Jewish History of Girona
Oct 1 @ 19:00 – 21:30
Synagogues as Museums and Galleries in East‐Central Europe @ Grande Synagogue of Europe, Brussels
Dec 10 @ 18:00 – 21:00
Synagogues as Museums and Galleries in East‐Central Europe @ Grande Synagogue of Europe, Brussels | Bruxelles | Bruxelles | Belgium

The opening of a photo exhibition by Rudolf Klein that presents a brief survey of synagogues converted into museums and galleries in Hungary, Austria, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The exhibit runs until January 16, 2020.

The opening includes talks (in English) by Klein, Polish researcher Natalia Romik,  and Professor Thomas Gergely.

Prior registration is required.  Click here

The event is organized in collaboration with the Great Synagogue of Europe, the Balassi Institute, the Polish Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Devastated, Decayed, Revived – Former Synagogues in Poland and Ukraine @ Städtischen Galerie Haus Seel, Siegen
Mar 1 @ 16:00 – Mar 22 @ 18:00

And exhibition of photographs by Eva Maria Kraiss.

The exhibition is presented as part of the Week of Brotherhood 2020.

The opening is March 1 at 4 p.m. It will be open daily except Monday, from 2 – 6 p.m., and on Sundays also from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

See more details in the poster below:


Over the river. History of Jews on the Odra River @ Zielona Gora, Poland, Museum of the Lubusz Land
Mar 4 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Opening of the Polish-German exhibition  “Over the river. History of Jews on the Odra River,” co-organized by the Museum of the Lubusz Land and the German Cultural Forum of Central and Eastern Europe in Potsdam.

The exhibition is devoted to selected aspects of Jewish history on both sides of the Oder River — a borderland area that changed nationality for centuries, and which was a meeting place for the culture of German Jews and the culture of Polish Jews.

From the organizers:

In the nineteenth century, a growing wave of nationalism and anti-Semitism began to threaten the cultural diversity [of the region] and eventually it was destroyed by Nazism. After World War II, the border between Poland and Germany was marked on the Oder and Nysa Łużycka. After the expulsion and displacement of the German population, these lands became a new homeland for Poles. For a short time it seemed that Polish Jews survived the Holocaust survivors in Lower Silesia and Pomerania. Initially, tens of thousands of them settled here, but most of them left the area by the end of the 1960s. Over time, the thousand-year absence of Jews on the Oder fell into oblivion, and its traces blurred or were destroyed. The exhibition tries to save from oblivion and recall these traces.


The exhibition will continue until April 26, 2020.

Guided tour @ New Jewish Cemetery Krakow
Jul 16 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Guided tour @ New Jewish Cemetery Krakow | Kraków | Małopolskie | Poland

As part of Summer in the Museum, there will be a walk in the Jewish cemetery on Miodowa street. During the walk, senior curator Anna Jodłowiec will talk about the funeral customs of Jews, introduce visitors to the rich and extremely interesting symbolism of gravestones and discuss elements of gravestones. The number of places is limited, so reservations necessary via the museum 

Meeting place in front of the Old Synagogue —  ul. Szeroka 24

Reservations via:

Tourism info center

Rynek Główny 1, 31-042 Kraków
tel. 12 426 50 60


Singer’s Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival @ Many venues including Jewish Theatre
Aug 22 @ 08:00 – Aug 30 @ 22:00
Singer's Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival @ Many venues including Jewish Theatre | Warszawa | Mazowieckie | Poland

The 17th annual Singer’s Warsaw festival — many on-site and online events are on the program, including concerts, lectures, guided tours, theatrical performances, and more.

On the program, click the title for more information and registration details.

Click here for the program


Guided walk @ New Jewish Cemertery, Krakow
Aug 26 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Guided walk @ New Jewish Cemertery, Krakow | Kraków | Małopolskie | Poland

Guided walk around the New Jewish cemetery, with a discussion of funeral traditions and gravestone symbolism, organized by the Jewish Museum branch of the City Museum.

Meeting point is the courtyard of the Old Synagogue,  Szeroka 24.

The group is limited to 16 people.

For information — scroll down on this page :



Virtual Opening of Romaniote Memories: Photos of Vincent Giordano @ Online Zoom event
Feb 11 @ 17:00 – 18:00
Virtual Opening of Romaniote Memories: Photos of Vincent Giordano @ Online Zoom event
The exhibition can be seen at this link:
In 1999, photographer Vincent Giordano made an unplanned visit to the small Kehila Kedosha Janina (KKJ) synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. He knew little about Judaism or synagogues, and even less about the Romaniote Jewish tradition of which KKJ, built in 1927, is the lone North American representative. In this he was not alone. Romaniotes are among the least known of Jewish communities. Beginning in 2001 and guided by members of the KKJ community, Giordano documented the synagogue and its religious art of the congregation using film, video, and audio.
In 2019 the Giordano family donated the archive of Vincent’s work to Queens College, where it is a major part of the Hellenic American Project and is preserved as part of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library’s Special Collections and Archives.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Hellenic American Project, and Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College, in partnership with the International Center for Jewish Monuments, an independent non-profit organization.
The exhibition includes more than one hundred photographs, presented in ten thematic sections, accessible here.
To register for the exhibition’s opening reception on Zoom, featuring a conversation with curators, distinguished guests, and friends go to:
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 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, which collects data on almost 40,000  tombstones, mainly Jewish ones, and also presents other heritage information.

Click here to register



Exhibit of rescued matzevot fragments @ Huta Bedzin
Sep 25 @ 11:00 – 17:00
Exhibit of rescued matzevot fragments @ Huta Bedzin | Będzin | Śląskie | Poland

More than 1,000 fragments of Jewish headstones that the Communist authorities removed in the 1960s from the Jewish cemetery on Zagorska Street and used to build a railway station platform will be exhibited to the public.

Excavations have been going on for six months to recover them, and they will eventually used to create a memorial.

At 5 pm, at the Muzeum Cafe Jerozolima, there will be a presentation about the history of the cemetery.


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