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May
29
Wed
Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe @ Polin Museum
May 29 @ 18:00 – 19:00
Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe @ Polin Museum | Warszawa | mazowieckie | Poland

Lecture by Rudolf Klein, based on his recent book.

This lecture, in English, deals with metropolitan Jewish cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe, from the aspects of art history, architecture and planning, landscaping, Jewish history, Jewish-Christian/Moslem dialogue, the influence between different European regions, including the impact of the Reform Movement and the Ashkenazi-Sephardi dialogue.

Its subject comprises the entirety of elements of 19th and 20th century Jewish cemeteries: urban location, morphology of cemeteries, gravestone typology, stylistic analysis, symbols and inscriptions – language, content, typography – tahara and ceremonial halls, wells, benches, pergolas, row- and section-markers, etc.

Rudolf Klein is professor of history of architecture at the Architecture and Civil Engineering Department of Szent István University. He specializes in history and theory of the 19th- and 20th-century architecture and its impact on religious identity. He is author of many books on history of architecture, including one dedicated to the synagogues in Hungary from late 18th c. to early 20th century, and one about Jewish cemeteries.

Jun
4
Tue
Jewish catacombs in Venosa, Italy @ Rome, Centro Bibliografico Tullia Zevi
Jun 4 @ 17:00 – 20:00

Presentation of the project documenting and restoring the Jewish catacomb in Venosa, Italy.

Click here to see the program.

 

 

Jun
13
Thu
Reinauguration Hârlâu synagogue @ Hârlâu synagogue
Jun 13 all-day
Reinauguration Hârlâu synagogue @ Hârlâu synagogue | Hârlău | Județul Iași | Romania

The synagogue in Hârlâu, Romania will be rededicated following restoration.

A day-long program of events starts at 10:30 a.m. (See photo)

 

 

 

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
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
2
Tue
Volunteer cemetery clean up @ Rohatyn Old Jewish Cemetery
Jul 2 @ 09:30 – 17:30
Volunteer cemetery clean up @ Rohatyn Old Jewish Cemetery | Rohatyn | Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast | Ukraine

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage will be back cutting and clearing at the old Jewish cemetery and seeks helping hands.

Over the last eight years, RJH  has recovered 600+ headstone fragments and returned them to the old cemetery. Come see them firsthand. Help care for this vulnerable historic site for the benefit of future visitors and current Rohatyn residents.

 

Jul
3
Wed
Volunteer cemetery clean up @ Rohatyn Old Jewish Cemetery
Jul 3 @ 09:30 – 17:30
Volunteer cemetery clean up @ Rohatyn Old Jewish Cemetery | Rohatyn | Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast | Ukraine

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage will be back cutting and clearing at the old Jewish cemetery and seeks helping hands.

Over the last eight years, RJH  has recovered 600+ headstone fragments and returned them to the old cemetery. Come see them firsthand. Help care for this vulnerable historic site for the benefit of future visitors and current Rohatyn residents.

 

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
4
Thu
Volunteer cemetery clean up @ Rohatyn Old Jewish Cemetery
Jul 4 @ 09:30 – 17:30
Volunteer cemetery clean up @ Rohatyn Old Jewish Cemetery | Rohatyn | Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast | Ukraine

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage will be back cutting and clearing at the old Jewish cemetery and seeks helping hands.

Over the last eight years, RJH  has recovered 600+ headstone fragments and returned them to the old cemetery. Come see them firsthand. Help care for this vulnerable historic site for the benefit of future visitors and current Rohatyn residents.

 

Jul
22
Mon
No to Antisemitism in Tarnow @ Jewish cemetery Tarnow Poland
Jul 22 @ 10:00 – 11:30
No to Antisemitism in Tarnow @ Jewish cemetery Tarnow Poland | Tarnów | małopolskie | Poland

Just weeks after the Jewish cemetery in Tarnow was rededicated after a more than two-year restoration, vandals spray-painted antisemitic graffiti on the newly repaired wall next to the entrance gate.

It read: “Jews eat children Jadowniki eats Jews”. (Jadowniki is a nearby village.)

The Committee for the Protection of Jewish Heritage in Tarnow has organized a clean-up for Monday morning July 22, in order to paint over the slogans.

“We believe that the majority of Tarnów residents, like us,… oppose all forms of hooliganism, boorishness, anti-Semitism, or any discrimination and humiliation of other people, their origin, appearance, sex, age, etc.,” it said, announcing the initiative. “Let us show that in our city, there is no place for this type of acts of hooliganism.”

Volunteers are asked to bring paint brushes and rollers, if they have them. Otherwise they will be provided.

Read our article about the rededication of the cemetery

 

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