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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
7
Fri
Reopening Jewish Museum @ Bucharest
Jun 7 @ 16:30 – 19:00

After a five year break for restoration and revamping, the Museum of the History and Culture of Jews in Romania is reopening, also with the dedication of new art gallery.

The museum was founded in 1978, at the initiative of then Romanian Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen in the former Holy Union synagogue, built in 1836 as a place of worship for the local tailors’ craft union.

 

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
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
3
Wed
Bringing in the Torah @ Drohobych synagogue
Jul 3 @ 12:00 – 13:30
Bringing in the Torah @ Drohobych synagogue | Drohobych | L'vivs'ka oblast | Ukraine

Bringing in a Torah Scroll to the reconstructed Choral Synagogue

Jul
19
Fri
Dedication Synagogue Square memorial @ Jurbarkas, Lithuania
Jul 19 @ 12:00 – 18:00
Dedication Synagogue Square memorial @ Jurbarkas, Lithuania | Jurbarkas | Tauragės apskritis | Lithuania

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.

Click to see the Facebook page for the memorial

 

 

Jul
31
Wed
Dedication of restored tomb of Alfred Hajos @ Budapest Kozma utca Jewish cemetery
Jul 31 @ 11:00 – 12:30
Dedication of restored tomb of Alfred Hajos @ Budapest Kozma utca Jewish cemetery | Budapest | Hungary

Dedication ceremony of the restored tomb of Hungarian Jewish Olympics hero Alfred Hajos, an architect who also designed the monumental Holocaust memorial in the Kozma utca Jewish cemetery.

Click to see details of the ceremony

Read our article about it

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

 

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