The 2nd International Workshop on Jewish Heritage organized by the Parkes Institute is following on from the 2016 workshop themed around ‘Jewish Heritage and Its Communities’. That workshop brought together academics, museum staff and grassroots activists from all over Europe. Excellent presentations covered a wide range of topics, from Judaica collecting in St Petersburg to audience expectations at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow and the innovative use of churches in the UK and stimulated animated discussions. Yet many aspects of community-relations could only be briefly addressed and that is why another conference has been organized. This event will focus more specifically on museums and communities and take place at the Jewish Museum London.
Museums entertain multiple relationships with communities, be they volunteers, sponsors, visitors and other users, but also with the people in their immediate neighbourhoods and the wider society. They all have their own agendas and interests, which can come into conflict with each other. Many of these issues pertain to all museums, but Jewish museums are also confronted with specific challenges. An important particularity is that many Jewish museums in Europe have been established over the last three decades in places with hardly any Jewish communities left. Yet, most of them reach beyond the Jewish communities and try to speak both to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue across nations and between practitioners, researchers, and those who work for museums, in a professional or voluntary capacity. There is scope for forging closer links between these agents who work in the same sector but lack joint forums for debate. The last workshop has led to a couple of working partnerships and we hope that the same will happen again next time. The event will also be an opportunity for participants to showcase their most recent research and museum projects and to network internationally.
Vilnius presentation of the new book by Dr. Richard Freund, the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History at the University of Hartford in Connecticut: The Archaeology of the Holocaust: Vilna, Rhodes, and Escape Tunnels.
A one-day Conference to Launch POLIN: Studies in Polish-Jewry
Vol. 32: ‘Jewish Musicians and Jewish Music-Making in Polish Lands’
Organized by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, and the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL.
Co-organized and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and the Polish Cultural Institute, London, with the support of Ślipaczek Chartered Financial Planners
The astounding variety of music of all genres and styles produced by musicians of Jewish heritage in Europe since 1750 has been examined almost entirely in the context of German-speaking Europe or in studies of a group of composers who strongly self-identified as Jews.
In five thematic sections, this multi-disciplinary volume presents rich coverage of the main genres produced by musicians of Jewish origin in the Polish lands: Cantorial and Religious Music, Jews in Polish Popular Culture, Jews in the Polish classical music scene, The Holocaust reflected in Jewish music, and Klezmer in Poland today. This volume explores the activities and great creativity of musicians of the ‘Mosaic persuasion’, covering the area of the Polish-Lithunanian Commonwealth and its successor states from 1750 to the present.
The conference will look at Cantorial Music, Jews and Polish popular culture, and Klezmer in Poland today. And there will be music!
‘POLIN Vol. 32’ is published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation/Liverpool University Press.
Volume Editors: François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky.
Experts from Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Great Britain will meet for a Herrenhausen Symposium at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover to discuss the issue of reusing church buildings from a European comparative view. The intention is to develop new perspectives.
See details and program at web site
The Festival brings together both the work of the National Lottery Heritage project “Connecting Small Histories” and 12 other major Jewish Heritage projects.
“Connecting Small Histories” draws the footprint of Jewish life in what are now small or former communities across the United Kingdom. Through stories and memories it identifies the Jewish legacy in the local economies and culture, beginning with six very different locations, Eastbourne, St Annes, Bradford, Sunderland, Cumbria and Somerset.
After almost twelve months of work, the History Festival begins the telling of these “Small Histories”, bringing both them and a wide selection of projects from the project’s Heritage Hub to a wider public.
The program brings together story tellers, academics, our volunteer researchers and the research team, to paint a picture of Jewish life and heritage spread wide across the country, in towns and countryside.
Jewish Heritage Europe is delighted to be one of the partners of this event!