The conference, entitled “Democracy in Challenging Times: Israel, Europe, and the World”, is co-organized by the European Association of Israel Studies, University of London and Centre for the Study of the Holocaust and Jewish Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University.
Walking Jewish Bradford, led by Nigel Grizzard – visit the historic Jewish Merchant Quarter of Little Germany, the Wool Exchange and the Bradford Synagogue.
More than 15 historic synagogues all over England can be visited at various times during England’s 15th annual Heritage Open Days.
They include synagogues in Reading, Bristol, Exeter, Hull, Cheltenham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Manchester — and more. There will also be tours of four Jewish cemeteries in Brighton, London, Liberpool, and King’s Lynn.
The European Day of Jewish Culture was officially marked on September 1, but in Italy — one of the most enthusiastic participants in the event — the official date is September 15.
And while the overall theme of this year’s EDJC is the 20th anniversary of the Day, in Italy the theme is “Dreams.”
Events are planned in nearly 90 towns and cities up and down the peninsula, with main opening events in Parma. Most art on Sept. 15, but others are on other dates.
The Giornata della Cultura Ebraica — Italy’s European Day of Jewish Culture — is celebrated, with events in more than 80 locations up and down the Italian peninsula.
Unlike the general EDJC, the theme of Italy’s Giornata is “Dreams” — Sogni.
A chance to see inside the synagogue built by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1833. The nearby Mausoleum contains the tombs of Sir Moses and Lady Judith Montefiore. The Synagogue was designed by David Mocatta and was the first synagogue to be built in England by a Jewish architect.
Access is limited due to the historic nature of the buildings.
Access to buildings via woodland path.
It will be followed by a viewing of the David Hillman ‘Purim’ window from the Old Bayswater Synagogue, now in The Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral.
In this talk Prof. Newman will shed light on the life and work of David Hillman (1894-1974), a prolific Anglo-Jewish artist who understood the deep connection between art and religion. Hillman was born in Glasgow and his father was Dayan Samuel Isaac Hillman, of the London Beth Din. He created stained glass windows for many London Synagogues, and one of his windows made for the old Bayswater Synagogue (demolished 1966) is on display at The Stained Glass Museum.
Prof. David Newman is a great nephew of David Hillman, and a researcher of political geography and geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
The 10th anniversary of this “summer camp” for people aged 40 and over, initiated in 2009..
A main part is volunteer clean-up in the vast Jewish cemetery, which with 50,000 graves, is one of the largest preserved Jewish cemeteries in Europe, damaged in some areas and largely neglected. Participants will pull up weeds and undergrowth, clear overgrown paths between the graves and discover forgotten inscriptions on the gravestones.
Exhibition of Photographs by Vincent Giordano.
The photographs are part of a multi-media archive, created by Giordano, who died in 2010, that was sponsored by International Survey of Jewish Monuments and in 2019 will find a new home at the Hellenic American Project and Special Collections at the Library of Queens College, New York.
Giordano’s photographs document two related communities of Greek Romaniote Jews – in Ioannina, in northwestern Greece and on Broome Street on New York’s Lower East Side. Romaniote Jews trace their religious and cultural heritage to the Judaism of the ancient Greco-Roman world two-thousand years ago, and these two tiny congregations are among the few remaining to follow these traditions. Romaniotes have their own liturgy and cultural traditions, as well as their own language, a dialect of Greek that combines words and phrases from Hebrew and Turkish. This luminous black and white photo essay includes a poignant exploration of liturgy and ritual, conveying how people engage with religious space and carry on their time-honored sacred traditions.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, September 19th , 2019 at 6:00 p.m. it will continue through October 3rd, 2019.
A panel discussion by experts will take place at the Consulate on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.