Jewish Heritage Europe


Bialystok cemetery restoration talk @ 1st Parish Church, Groton, MA
Mar 24 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Learn about (and help support) the ongoing project to restore the Bagnowka Jewish cemetery in Bialystok, Poland, the only remaining Jewish cemetery in the city.

Panorama of the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery Bialystok, 2017. Photo © Heidi Szpek



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 
For more details please visit the fanpage and event on FB.


The Memorialisation of the Jewish Heritage in Contemporary Poland: the Case of Łódź @ Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
May 16 @ 13:00 – 14:00
The Memorialisation of the Jewish Heritage in Contemporary Poland: the Case of Łódź @ Cambridge Heritage Research Centre | England | United Kingdom

Lecture by Joanna Beata Michlic.

Since the fall of Communism, Łódź, the third-largest city of Poland, has embarked on a process of cultural reorientation. This process aims at reshaping it into a forward-looking twenty-first century European city. A close look at this process reveals that the reinvention of the city depends on what might be called an archaeological project of rediscovering the local pre-1939 multi-ethnic and multicultural heritage. In this lecture, Dr. Michlic examines the dynamics of the rediscovery of the Jewish heritage in Łódź from the perspective of mutual relations between a physical space and various social agents. She focuses on how the city draws on, reworks and articulates the forgotten Jewish heritage.


Guides training seminar on Polish Hasidism @ Lublin
May 19 – May 24 all-day

At Lag B’Omer, a training seminar for tour guides on Hasidic history and heritage will be held — in English, sponsored by several institutions and organizations in cooperation with local Jewish bodies and Bar Ilan University.

The aims are:

  •  to improve knowledge about Hasidism, especially Seer of Lublin and his students
  •  to improve guiding and storytelling skills
  •  to visit sites most important for the history of Hasidism in eastern Poland
  • to meet people from all over Poland, Israel and abroad

The seminar will include:

  • Study Groups Relating to “The Seer of Lublin” and His Hasidic Court: Historical and Theological Background
  • Lectures of Israeli and Polish experts
  • Hasidic Tales and Music
  • Lag Baomer Celebration
  • Study tours in: Lublin – Leżajsk – Łańcut  – Kock

Registration is open till March 31, 2019.

For more information and registration: 
Agata Radkowska-Parka :

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Click here to find full details, program, and application process

Click here for a pdf leaflet about the seminar

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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.

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


Great Synagogue Memorial Park inauguration @ Oswiecim, Poland
Nov 28 @ 17:30 – 21:00
In Oswiecim, Poland, signage at the site of the destroyed synagogue includes a photo

Marking the 80th anniversary of the destruction of the Great Synagogue in Oswiecim, a memorial park will be dedicated on its site.

The site was long an empty lot, with in recent years signage describing the site.

The park is a project of the Auschwitz Jewish Center and has been supported by the town of Oświęcim as well as institutional and private donors from Poland and elsewhere.

Archaeological excavations in 2004 discovered candlesticks from the synagogue as well as the Eternal Light – Ner Tamid.

Candelabra from the destroyed Great Synagogue in the Jewish Museum in Oswiecim

The memorial will include a replica of the candelabra (the original is displayed in the AJC’s museum) as well as a structure containing historic photographs of the synagogue.

Click to see the program

Read an article about the memorial project

Synagogues as Museums and Galleries in East‐Central Europe @ Grande Synagogue of Europe, Brussels
Dec 10 @ 18:00 – 21:00
Synagogues as Museums and Galleries in East‐Central Europe @ Grande Synagogue of Europe, Brussels | Bruxelles | Bruxelles | Belgium

The opening of a photo exhibition by Rudolf Klein that presents a brief survey of synagogues converted into museums and galleries in Hungary, Austria, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The exhibit runs until January 16, 2020.

The opening includes talks (in English) by Klein, Polish researcher Natalia Romik,  and Professor Thomas Gergely.

Prior registration is required.  Click here

The event is organized in collaboration with the Great Synagogue of Europe, the Balassi Institute, the Polish Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

WEBINAR: Resilience — Jewish Museums in Uncertain Times
Jun 17 @ 20:00 – 21:00
WEBINAR: Resilience -- Jewish Museums in Uncertain Times


Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, the Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in discussion with Zygmunt Stępiński, the Director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

The conversation will include a 45-minute discussion, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session where you can ask questions submitted before or during the broadcast.

Click to register and get the Zoom link

Singer’s Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival @ Many venues including Jewish Theatre
Aug 22 @ 08:00 – Aug 30 @ 22:00
Singer's Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival @ Many venues including Jewish Theatre | Warszawa | Mazowieckie | Poland

The 17th annual Singer’s Warsaw festival — many on-site and online events are on the program, including concerts, lectures, guided tours, theatrical performances, and more.

On the program, click the title for more information and registration details.

Click here for the program


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