Jewish Heritage Europe


Places of Difficult Heritage, Education, and Human Rights @ online
Jan 25 @ 18:00 – 20:00
The webinar will discuss issues such as:
Can places of difficult heritage—such as areas of former forced labor/concentration/death camps, prisons, juvenile detention centers, sites of executions, desecrated cemeteries, or prayer houses—play a role in today’s education about human rights and in shaping civic attitudes? How to adapt such institutions and places accordingly? How do we manage them to use their educational potential fully? Can they become spaces for civic mobilization and sensitization of different generations to the past, present, and future experiences of persecuted minority groups, discriminated against, or exposed to social exclusion? Does such a model work in Norway and is there a way that it could also be implemented in Poland and CEE? What can we learn from each other? Is there a wider EU perspective we can learn from?
🔎 Speakers will look for answers to these and other questions during the webinar, entirely devoted to the role that places of difficult heritage can play in multidimensional education about human rights. They include memory activists, the academia, and individuals actively working with difficult heritage sites on a daily basis.
Guests/presenters will be: Agnieszka Jabłońska (Urban Memory Foundation), Aleksandra Janus (Fundacja Zapomniane), Magdalena Rubenfeld (FestivALT), Karolina Jakowenko (Brama Cukermana), Mats Jørgen Nesjø (Falstad Centre), and Johannes Börmann (European Comission).
🇬🇧 The meeting will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation to Polish. 🇵🇱
18.00–18.15: Welcome and introduction of the discussed terminology
18.15–18.35: Falstad Centre
18.35–19.00: Engaged Memory Consortium Poland & NeDiPa
19.00–19.15: The EU perspective: site-specific education about past violences and Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme of the EU?
19.15–19.45: Discussion – what the Polish and Norwegian partners can learn from each other? Is there a universal model?
19:15–20.00: Q&A
Book launch of “Zohar: A Photographic Journey through the Places of Italian Jewish Culture” @ Teatro Franco Parenti
Feb 19 @ 18:30
Book launch of "Zohar: A Photographic Journey through the Places of Italian Jewish Culture" @ Teatro Franco Parenti | Milano | Lombardia | Italy

Book launch of “Zohar: A Photographic Journey through the Places of Italian Jewish Culture,” with the author Francesco Maria Colombo, Ferruccio de Bortoli, President of the Shoah Memorial Foundation, and Sandro Parmiggiani, editor of the book.

The book is under the patronage of the Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy and is enriched by contributions from Sandro Parmiggiani, Adachiara Zevi, Alberto Manguel, and Dario Disegni.

Free admission with reservation.

Slovak synagogues in postcards book launch @ Jewish Culture Museum Bratislava
Feb 21 @ 17:00
Slovak synagogues in postcards book launch @ Jewish Culture Museum Bratislava | Bratislava | Bratislavský kraj | Slovakia

The book “Slovak Synagogues on Old Postcards” will be launched in Bratislava.
The book includes more than 270 old postcards of Jewish places of worship.
Opposite each postcard is a brief history of the Jewish community and synagogue of a particular city or village.
The book is written in English and Slovak. Historical settlement names appear in both Hungarian and German.
If you plan to attend the launch, please  confirm your arrival to the contacts in the booking as the number of places is limited.

You can buy the publication directly on the spot, or ordered via the following email address:

Rashi and Troyes Memory and Place in 21st Century Europe @ Online
Mar 14 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Rashi and Troyes Memory and Place in 21st Century Europe @ Online

For 1,000 years, the teachings of the Jewish scholar and innovative commentator Rashi of Troyes have shaped our humanist, moral and legal values. There is now an initiative to have Rashi and the wider region where he was active in France recognized by the European Heritage Label.

A Public Interest Group has been constituted by the State, the City of Troyes, the Department of Aube, the Region Grand-Est and the Central Consistoire of France to prepare the candidacy for the European Heritage Label designation. The originality of this project to connect the local and regional level where the lack of material artefacts has favored artistic creation and the development of new educational resources and environmentally sustainable tourist networks, with national and international initiatives.

Delphine Yagüe, the Director, and Professor Josef Konvitz, coordinator of the scientific advisory committee for the GIP project, will describe some of the current and planned innovative activities which highlight the European dimension of the site, attracting youth, contributing to the fight against antisemitism, and connecting with the activities of other European Heritage Label sites.

Program 18.00-19:30 CET

18:00: Introduction: Dr. Susanne Urban & Tomasz Wlodarski
18:10: Rashi and Troyes: Memory and Place in 21st Century Europe:
Delphine Yagüe & Prof. Josef Konvitz
19:00: Discussion
19:25: Wrap Up by Michael Mail

Please register for the event here (link to the Google Form) –

The Zoom link will be sent just prior to the event.

Journeys to Treblinka @ Holocaust Centre North Huddersfield, and online
Mar 20 @ 17:00 – 18:00

Since 2007, forensic archaeological investigations have revealed new evidence of the crimes undertaken at the notorious Treblinka Extermination Camp in Poland.

In this talk, Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls will outline some of the key findings of this research and discuss the ways they have inspired Holocaust survivors and their descendants based in the UK to undertake their own journeys to commemorate their loved ones.

Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls’ pioneering research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes. She conducted the first forensic archaeological investigations at Treblinka Extermination and Labour Camps, the results of which will be presented in her forthcoming book Finding Treblinka. She is also the author of several other books including Holocaust Archaeologies: Approaches and Future Directions (2015), the Handbook on Missing Persons (2016) and ‘Adolf Island: The Nazi Occupation of Alderney (2022).


Memory Activism webinar @ Online
Mar 28 @ 18:30 – 19:30
Memory Activism webinar @ Online
A webinar on the topic of memory activism related to Jewish heritage and Jewish history in Poland.
Participation in the event is free of charge.
Registration is required, at this link:
Discuss will include the results of qualitative research on memory activism in Poland conducted in 2023. The panel will consider the importance of their key findings and try to answer a number of important questions: what are the motivations of people engaging in such activities? What do they need and what kinds of challenges do they face on a daily basis? How the wider phenomenon is impacted by the fact that most activists work on a voluntary basis?
Also: the perspective of activists. How do they perceive their actions, how do they define them and what kind of changes do they want to bring about?
Participants will include: Agnieszka Jabłońska (managing director of the @urbanmemoryfoundation), Aleksandra Janus (president of the @fundacjazapomniane), Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska (co-director of FestivALT), and Katarzyna Fereniec-Błońska, member of the research team that carried out the study under under the aegis of the „Curiosity” agency.
The meeting will be conducted in English.
The event is co-organized with the @galiciajewishmuseumkrakow and the Research Center for Memory Cultures as part of the „NeDiPa: Negotiating Difficult Pasts” project, which FestivALT implements together with the Zapomniane Foundation and the Urban Memory Foundation, thanks to the support of the European Union under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values program (CERV).
Le sinagoghe in eta’ contemporanea: tra memoria e innovazione. @ Online or Biblioteca Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano “Tullia Zevi”
May 2 @ 18:00 – 19:00
Le sinagoghe in eta’ contemporanea: tra memoria e innovazione. @ Online or Biblioteca Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano “Tullia Zevi” | Roma | Lazio | Italy

For Italian speakers — a meeting with architect and historian Andrea Morpurgo who last year curated a major exhibition on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries at the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara.

You can attend in person or via streaming:

In presenza:
Biblioteca Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano “Tullia Zevi” – Lungotevere Sanzio 5, Roma

In streaming:
Facebook e YouTube della Fondazione per i Beni Culturali Ebraici in Italia
Webtv dell’Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane


Manchester Jewish Museum Synagogue 150th anniversary @ Manchester Jewish Museum
May 6 @ 12:00 – 16:00
Manchester Jewish Museum Synagogue 150th anniversary @ Manchester Jewish Museum | England | United Kingdom
Open Day celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Manchester Jewish Museum’s Spanish & Portuguese synagogue, which was inaugurated on May 6, 1874.  NOTE: Fully bookedt already.
As part of the open day, there will be the launch of a new exhibition about the history of  synagogue and its communities which will run for several months. 
The exhibition focuses in part on several personalities and families. They include one of the founders of our synagogue, Moses Ben Messulam, who was  born in Constantinople in 1829 and was one of the earliest Sephardi migrants to visit Manchester in the 1840s. He was at the first meeting about the establishment of our synagogue in 1872. 
Another key figure was Ezra Altaras, who came to England from Syria, in 1874. Ezra was president of the synagogue three times and was very active in communal affairs. When he died in 1913, his wife, Maude, donated a beautiful round stained-glass window to the synagogue.
Book launch: “The Ancient Jewish Cemetery on the Lido of Venice” @ Venice Jewish Community
May 12 @ 11:00
Book launch: "The Ancient Jewish Cemetery on the Lido of Venice" @ Venice Jewish Community | Venezia | Veneto | Italy

On Sunday, May 12th at 11:00 AM, in the Old Ghetto of Venice, there will be a presentation of “The Ancient Jewish Cemetery at the Lido di Venezia,” curated by Dario Calimani and published by Sillabe. The book includes contributions by Giovanni Levi, Umberto Fortis, and Aldo Izzo, along with a collection of literary excerpts that allow the reader to delve into the history of this special place through the words of noted visitors, starting with Shelley and Byron. The book can also be purchased online on the publisher’s website HERE.

In the afternoon, at 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:45 PM, it will be possible to visit the Old Cemetery accompanied by an expert guide. To book, call: +39 041 5246083.

Book Presentation Jewish cemetery Hohenems @ Jewish cemetery Hohenens, Austria
Jun 6 @ 17:00 – 18:30
Book Presentation Jewish cemetery Hohenems @ Jewish cemetery Hohenens, Austria | Hohenems | Vorarlberg | Austria

Presentation of a new book about the Jewish cemetery in Hohenems, Austria: Es werden leben Deine Todten: Der Jüdische Friedhof Hohenems.

Edited by Raphael Einetter (on behalf of the Association for the Preservation of the Jewish Cemetery in Hohenems and the Jewish Museum Hohenems)  with a photo essay by Julie and Dietmar Walser | Hohenems 2024 | 17x24cm | 240 pages | 161 illustrations | ISBN 978-3-200-09817-6 | €19.80


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