The official opening ceremony for a new memorial commemorating the memory of the Jews of Jurbarkas, Lithuania — in Yiddish, Yurburg.
The event will have several parts, including a concert at 2:30 pm by the choral group Aukuras from Klaipėda, at the Apparition of Christ Orthodox church. At 3:30 there will be a look back at the Synagogue Square Memorial Project at the Grybas Museum at Vydūno street no. 31, and at 4:30 there will be a meeting and discussion with the authors and creators of the memorial at the Jurbarkas Regional Public Library at Vilniaus street no. 4.
The municipality approved renaming the junction of Kauno and Kranto streets in the town center – The Synagogue Square.
This square, adjacent to the historical location of Yurburg’s two major Synagogues, was chosen as the site for a memorial dedicated to the Jewish Community of Yurburg. In April 2016, mayor Skirmantas Mockevicius asked Amir Maimon, the Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Lithuania, to contact Israeli sculptor David Zundelovitch and his creative group CAN New Artists Collegium with a request to design and create the future memorial, with is a sort of urban land sculpture.
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.
Led by City archaeologist Dr. Kai Thomas Platz, the tour will take in the medieval synagogue site at the Old Market, a former 19th-century prayer house at the Old University, the site of the synagogue on Junkernstrasse that was destroyed on Kristallnacht in 1938, and the modern synagogue, where Kirsten Spielmann from the Jewish community will show the group the prayer room.
The tour is part of the framework program for the special exhibition “Dispargum – royal seat, imperial palace, Hanseatic city” in the Museum of Culture and City History.
The number of participants is limited to 25 people, so please register in advance, by phone at (0203) 283 2640 or by e-mail to email@example.com. The full name and address must be given when registering, as the Jewish community needs this data in advance. During the tour, personal details will be compared with identity cards, so it is also mandatory to bring this with you.
A guided tour highlighting Jewish history in Buchau, Germany, with a visit to the Jewish cemetery.
Participants are limited to10 people; registration is needed– sign up in person at the tourism office. Bring a mask for the indoor part of the tour.
A guided tour of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Frankfurt, dating back to the middle ages and one of the oldest in Europe, with more than 2,000 gravestones.
An excursion (by car) to visit the old Jewish cemeteries in the towns of Bühne, Borgentreich and Borgholz, in north-central Germany, with a visit to the former synagogue in Borgholz.
The synagogue in Borgholz is the only surviving country synagogue in East Westphalia and now serves as a socio-cultural institution.
The trip is limited to 25 people. Reservations are necessary.
Register by July 17, 2020 at Forum Jacob Pins, Westerbachstrasse 35/37, 37671 Höxter, Tel. 05271-6947441 or Fritz Ostkämper, Tel. 05271-2118,