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Feb
18
Tue
Jewish Brick and Mortar in the Russian Capital @ YIVO
Feb 18 @ 15:00 – 16:30
Jewish Brick and Mortar in the Russian Capital @ YIVO | New York | New York | United States

The Architectural Dialogue between the St. Petersburg Jewish Community and the Tsarist Metropolis

Max Weinreich Fellowship Lecture in Eastern European Jewish Studies

In this lecture, Dr. Vladimir Levin will consider the uneasy relationship between the architectural oeuvre of the Jewish community and the capital city of the Russian Empire. Although concentrating on St. Petersburg, the talk will address questions and problems that many Jewish communities in European and American cities had to wrangle with. Every Jewish community that settled in a large or small city had to decide how to represent itself vis-à-vis that city, how prominent and visible should their representation should be; what are the ways to express Jewishness in the general cityscape and which means should be employed toward achieving this goal. The lecture will discuss how the Jews of St. Petersburg and their non-Jewish allies looked for a style that was best suited for marking their presence in the city, and how a unique convergence of architecture and manuscript illuminations was created to that end. 


About the Speaker

Dr. Vladimir Levin is the Director of the Center for Jewish Art at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in St. Petersburg, he holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University. He authored From Revolution to War: Jewish Politics in Russia, 1907-1914 (in Hebrew, 2016) and co-edited Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue (2010-2012). In 2017 he co-authored with Sergey Kravtsov the book Synagogue in Ukraine: Volhynia, and currently works on the book of Jewish heritage in Siberia with Anna Berezin. He also published 120 articles and essays about social and political aspects of modern Jewish history in Eastern Europe, synagogue architecture and ritual objects, Jewish religious Orthodoxy, Jewish-Muslim relations, Jews and Jewish politics in Lithuania, Russian architecture in the Holy Land, history of East-European Jewish communities etc.

Dr. Levin headed numerous research expeditions to documents synagogues and other monuments of Jewish material culture in eastern and central Europe and lead several research projects in the field of Jewish Art, the most important of which is the creation of the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art – the world’s largest digital depository of Jewish heritage.

Mar
21
Sat
The Duomo & The Great Synagogue: An Evening of Italian Culture @ JCC Los Gatos, California
Mar 21 @ 18:30 – 22:00
The Duomo & The Great Synagogue: An Evening of Italian Culture @ JCC Los Gatos, California | Los Gatos | California | United States

The Duomo & The Great Synagogue: An Evening of Italian Culture

An evening of Jewish and Florentine architecture, culture, music, and food.

• Informal talks about the history and architecture of two of Florence, Italy’s grandest and most iconic structures — the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (the Duomo) and the Great Synagogue — by  Ross King, author of the national bestseller Brunelleschi’s Dome, and noted scholar Professor Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley.

• Q&A session moderated by Gail Price, former Executive Director of The American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

•The San Jose Chamber players with Cantor Sharon Bernstein presenting both Jewish and Italian songs.

• Italian appetizers and ice cream.

Jul
9
Thu
Restored synagogue opening @ Police u Jemnice, CZ
Jul 9 @ 15:00 – 16:30
Restored synagogue opening @ Police u Jemnice, CZ | Police | Kraj Vysočina | Czechia

The tiny rural synagogue in the village of Police u Jemnice, near the border with Austria, will be formally reopened after a two-year restoration carried out by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic.

The synagogue will house a small exhibition on local Jewish life, and there also will be the launch of the brochure “Rural Synagogues in the Czech Lands,” by Jaroslaw Klenovsky.

For details about the restoration — and photos — CLICK HERE 

 

Oct
12
Mon
Jewish Culture Days @ Olomouc, CZ
Oct 12 – Oct 20 all-day
Jewish Culture Days @ Olomouc, CZ | Olomouc | Olomoucký kraj | Czechia

Jewish culture festival will take place both onsite and online. Check the program here — http://www.muo.cz/dzko/

(The picture shows the destroyed Olomouc synagogue, from an exhibition a couple of years ago).

Feb
1
Mon
Dehumanizing the Dead: The destruction of the Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki
Feb 1 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Dehumanizing the Dead: The destruction of the Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki @ Cary | North Carolina | United States

Online lecture by Leon Saltiel on his research on the destruction of the Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece.

The lecture is sponsored by the @UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center.

 

Feb
2
Tue
Jews of Siberia and their material culture @ Online Zoom event
Feb 2 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Jews of Siberia and their material culture @ Online Zoom event

A series of three online talks by Dr. Anna Berezin and Dr. Vladimir Levin on Jews in Siberia and their material culture. 

The lectures will take place on Tuesdays, 2, 9, and 16 February 2021, at 20:00 Israel time (1 pm EST).

In order to register, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1916108823866/WN_lc1OUD4eSmScUFtx8aTt6g

 

 

Feb
9
Tue
Jews of Siberia and their material culture @ Online Zoom event
Feb 9 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Jews of Siberia and their material culture @ Online Zoom event

A series of three online talks by Dr. Anna Berezin and Dr. Vladimir Levin on Jews in Siberia and their material culture. 

The lectures will take place on Tuesdays, 2, 9, and 16 February 2021, at 20:00 Israel time (1 pm EST).

In order to register, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1916108823866/WN_lc1OUD4eSmScUFtx8aTt6g

 

 

Feb
16
Tue
Jews of Siberia and their material culture @ Online Zoom event
Feb 16 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Jews of Siberia and their material culture @ Online Zoom event

A series of three online talks by Dr. Anna Berezin and Dr. Vladimir Levin on Jews in Siberia and their material culture. 

The lectures will take place on Tuesdays, 2, 9, and 16 February 2021, at 20:00 Israel time (1 pm EST).

In order to register, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1916108823866/WN_lc1OUD4eSmScUFtx8aTt6g

 

 

Jun
2
Wed
The Architecture of Greek Synagogues @ Online Zoom event
Jun 2 @ 19:00 – 20:15
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.

 

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