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Jan
27
Sun
International Holocaust Remembrance Day @ many countries
Jan 27 all-day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked in many countries with a wide variety of events and initiatives, ranging from meetings, concerts, and publications to educational programs and organized visits to Auschwitz.

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.

 

Apr
18
Thu
Great synagogue restores memory @ Warsaw
Apr 18 @ 21:00 – 23:00

For the second year in a row, the Open Republic Association will commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with a multimedia event created by the artist Gabi von Seltmann. On the night of 18th April, i.e. on the eve of the anniversary of the Uprising, the image of the Great Synagogue rising from the rubble will appear on the wall of the Blue Skyscraper which was constructed on its site. The Great Synagogue, destroyed by the Germans after the fall of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, will be symbolically reconstructed through image, sound and emotion.

“May remembrance and love overcome destruction and death.”

Archival recordings of the cantor of the Great Synagogue, Gerszon Sirota, who died in the Warsaw ghetto, and fragments of the poem “Bashert”, read by its author, Irena Klepfisz, daughter of Michał, a soldier of the Jewish Combat Association, will be played during the ceremony.

The performance will last six minutes (the sequence will be repeated from 9:00 to 11:00 PM).

The event will be broadcast live at www.otwarta.org 
For more details please visit the fanpage and event on FB.

 

May
26
Sun
Inheritance Day @ Willesden Jewish Cemetery
May 26 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Inheritance Day @ Willesden Jewish Cemetery | England | United Kingdom

As part of its “House of Life” project to open the cemetery to the public, nine families will be coming to the historic Willesden Jewish cemetery on May 26 to tell stories of people buried there.

Jun
6
Thu
Dedication monument made of rescued matzevot @ Jewish cemetery, Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland
Jun 6 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A second memorial wall made of rescued matzevot has been constructed next to the 2011 original memorial wall and will be inaugurated. These are matzevot that were buried under local streets and have been recovered in recent months, thanks to the the initiative and efforts of Grzegorz Grzybowski and with the support of Mayor Kowalski and local military authorities.  

Gregorz Grzybowski is the contractor who designed and built the wall and plaza at the cemetery that was dedicated in 2011. 

It is known that there are still partial and full headstones scattered around the city that had been used for walls, walkways, etc. The Mayor’s office has undertaken a program to encourage people who have these to turn them in to the city and receive replacement blocks or decorative pavers in return.

The dedication of the new monument takes place withing an annual reunion of descendants from Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, taking place June 4-6.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
European Day of Jewish Culture @ all over Europe | 0

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.

 

Oct
3
Thu
Unveiling memorial @ Jewish cemetery Russocice, Poland
Oct 3 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Dedication of a memorial at the Jewish cemetery in the village. It is composed of  broken gravestones whose fragments have been partially fitted together to form (in part) their stones.

 

 

 

Commemoration of architect of synagogue @ former synagogue, St. Polten, Austria
Oct 3 @ 17:30 – 20:30
Commemoration of architect of synagogue @ former synagogue, St. Polten, Austria | Sankt Pölten | Niederösterreich | Austria

A commemoration of Theodor Schreier, the architect of the synagogue in St. Pölten, will include the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to the architect and his wife — both Holocaust victims who died in the Terezin ghetto/camp north of Prague — and a memorial symphonic concert featuring the music of Brahms, Bloch, Dvorak, Janacek, and Schulhoff.

The synagogue is now the home of the Institut für jüdische Geschichte Österreichs — Institute for Austrian Jewish History.

 

 

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