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Jun
17
Mon
“In the Synagogue” film screening @ London, Bloomsbury Studio
Jun 17 @ 18:30 – 20:30

In the Synagogue is a short film by young Ukrainian director Ivan Orlenko based on an unfinished story by Franz Kafka. One of few works by Kafka to deal with Jewish culture overtly, the story describes a strange vision of a beast that a Jewish boy experiences while praying in a synagogue, a metaphor which could be interpreted in several ways. Young Ukrainian director Ivan Orlenko has adapted Kafka’s fragment into a 30-minute film, shot entirely in Yiddish, and transposed its action to a synagogue in western Ukraine.

The screening will be preceded by a talk by Dr Uilleam Blacker of UCL SSEES on the ways in which the rich Jewish cultural heritage of Ukraine is remembered and reimagined in the country today, and the challenges which this process of recovery faces.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director.

The event is co-organised by Ukrainian Institute, London and UCL SSEES, with the support of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.

Jun
25
Tue
Rededication Tarnow Jewish Cemetery
Jun 25 @ 10:00 – Jun 26 @ 17:00

The historic Jewish cemetery in Tarnow, Poland will be ceremonially rededicated after years of extensive restoration work.

The rededication ceremony on June 26 takes places within the context of the two-day Tarnow Jewish Reunion.

Other events include a walking tour of Jewish Tarnow, photography exhibit, Jewish cemetery tour and visit to family graves.

See program below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of restored 16th century Ark @ Florence Jewish community
Jun 25 @ 21:00 – 22:30
Presentation of restored 16th century Ark @ Florence Jewish community | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

Following its discovery and restoration, an elaborate 16th century Aron ha-Kodesh from Pisa, believed to be the oldest Ark in Tuscany, will be displayed as part of a program during which its history and the restoration process will be discussed.

 

Jul
3
Wed
Architecture of the Synagogue @ Toronto, Shaarei Shomayim synagogue
Jul 3 @ 19:30 – 21:00
Architecture of the Synagogue @ Toronto, Shaarei Shomayim synagogue | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Lecture and slideshow by K. Corey Keeble, curator emeritus of the Department of World Culture, Royal Ontario Museum

 

Jul
28
Sun
IAJGS Annual conference @ Cleveland, Ohio, Hilton Downtown hotel
Jul 28 – Aug 2 all-day
IAJGS Annual conference @ Cleveland, Ohio, Hilton Downtown hotel | Cleveland | Ohio | United States

The 39th annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies, the biggest international Jewish genealogy event of the year, drawing hundreds of participants.

See all info and program on the conference web site.

Aug
11
Sun
Day of Jewish Monuments @ Czech Republic
Aug 11 all-day
Day of Jewish Monuments @ Czech Republic | Czechia

The the third edition of the Czech Republic’s Day of Jewish Monuments takes place August 11 — and this year there is a smartphone app as well as an interactive map on the web site to help visitors.

On the Day, some 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.

See our article about this

 

Sep
1
Sun
European Day of Jewish Culture @ all over Europe
Sep 1 all-day
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The annual European Day (or Days) of Jewish Culture kicks off September 1st.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event — which takes place in hundreds of locations all over Europe.

JHE Director Ruth Ellen Gruber took part in the meeting in Paris in 1999 that established the EDJC, and she will be writing about it in a post on the web site.

 

Sep
8
Sun
Leeds Jewry’s Historic Quarters @ Costa Coffee, Leeds
Sep 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Walking the Leylands and Chapeltown – the two historic Jewish Quarters in Leeds. The guided walk led by Nigel Grizzard shows you the remaining mementoes of Jewish life in these areas, that were once home to thousands of Jews who had come to Leeds fleeing from persecution in Tsarist Russia.

Sep
11
Wed
Walking Jewish Bradford @ Bradford (Info Desk, shopping center)
Sep 11 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Walking Jewish Bradford, led by Nigel Grizzard –  visit the historic Jewish Merchant Quarter of Little Germany, the Wool Exchange and the Bradford Synagogue.

 

Sep
16
Mon
David Hillman’s stained glass windows for synagogues @ Ely Cathedral, England
Sep 16 @ 14:00 – 15:30

A Lecture by Prof David Newman OBE

It will be followed by a viewing of the David Hillman ‘Purim’ window from the Old Bayswater Synagogue, now in The Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral.

Click here to read our 2014 article about Hillman’s magnificent windows

In this talk Prof. Newman will shed light on the life and work of David Hillman (1894-1974), a prolific Anglo-Jewish artist who understood the deep connection between art and religion. Hillman was born in Glasgow and his father was Dayan Samuel Isaac Hillman, of the London Beth Din. He created stained glass windows for many London Synagogues, and one of his windows made for the old Bayswater Synagogue (demolished 1966) is on display at The Stained Glass Museum.

Prof. David Newman is a great nephew of  David Hillman, and a researcher of political geography and geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

 

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