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May
8
Wed
Psalm: Edmund de Waal installation @ Venice
May 8 – Sep 29 all-day
Psalm: Edmund de Waal installation @ Venice  | Venezia | Veneto | Italy

 

Edmund de Waal is creating a major new two-part exhibition to be displayed in the 500-year-old Jewish Ghetto in Venice, coinciding with the opening of the 58th Biennale.

The first part is located in the spaces surrounding the Canton Scuola, the beautiful 16th century synagogue in the Ghetto Nuovo, which is now part of the Jewish Museum.

New installations of porcelain, marble and gold will reflect the literary and musical heritage of this extraordinary place. The intention is to animate spaces that are little known and little understood by visitors to the Biennale and to bring new audiences into the Ghetto.

The second part of the work will be a pavilion based at the Ateneo Veneto, the fifteenth-century building near the Fenice Opera House that has been an historic centre for cultural debate in Venice. Here, de Waal is constructing a small building within the main space that will house 2,000 books by exiled writers, from Ovid to the present day.

May
12
Sun
Jewish Traces in Franconia @ Judisches Museum Franken, Fürth
May 12 @ 14:00 – Sep 22 @ 14:00
Jewish Traces in Franconia @ Judisches Museum Franken, Fürth | Fürth | Bayern | Germany

An exhibition of photographs by Christian Schuster, focusing on the traces of Jewish (often rural) life in northern Bavaria’s Franconia region.

The opening ceremony is at 14:00 on May 12, 2019.

 

May
16
Thu
Journey through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter @ Lviv Historical Museum
May 16 @ 16:00 – Jul 16 @ 18:00
Journey through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter @ Lviv Historical Museum | L'viv | L'vivs'ka oblast | Ukraine

A multi-media exhibit at the at the Lviv Historical Museum (Market Square 6).

The opening is a 16:00 on May 16.

There is an outdoor part and also an indoor multimedia installation that showcases Jewish life in Lviv and region in the 1920s-30s.

Events in conjunction with the exhibit include “The Hall of the Synagogues” exhibition (1 Vuhilna Street); a public symposium organized by the Ukrainian Catholic University, and special projects at Lviv’s Territory of Terror Museum and the Museum of Religions.

 

Jun
20
Thu
The House of Life: Gold and Stories around the ancient Jewish cemetery of Bologna” @ Bologna Jewish Museum
Jun 20 2019 – Jan 6 2020 all-day
The House of Life: Gold and Stories around the ancient Jewish cemetery of Bologna” @ Bologna Jewish Museum | Bologna | Emilia-Romagna | Italy

A major exhibit at the Bologna Jewish Museum will focus on the city’s “lost” medieval Jewish cemetery:  it was destroyed in 1569 by order of Pope Pius V and was rediscovered  during excavations in 2012-2014.

the exhibit features material found in the graves — including gold, silver, and bronze jewelry incorporating gemstones and amber, as well as other precious artifacts, using them to tell the story of medieval Jewish life in the city.

It was curated and organized by the Bologna Jewish Museum and the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for Bologna and the provinces of Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara, in collaboration with the Jewish Community of Bologna.

See our JHE article about the exhibition

 

Jun
23
Sun
Workshop on Jewish Heritage: Museums & Their Communities @ Jewish Museum London
Jun 23 @ 18:30 – Jun 25 @ 17:00
Workshop on Jewish Heritage: Museums & Their Communities @ Jewish Museum London | United Kingdom

 

The 2nd International Workshop on Jewish Heritage organized by the Parkes Institute is following on from the 2016 workshop themed around ‘Jewish Heritage and Its Communities’. That workshop brought together academics, museum staff and grassroots activists from all over Europe. Excellent presentations covered a wide range of topics, from Judaica collecting in St Petersburg to audience expectations at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow and the innovative use of churches in the UK and stimulated animated discussions. Yet many aspects of community-relations could only be briefly addressed and that is why another conference has been organized. This event will focus more specifically on museums and communities and take place at the Jewish Museum London.

Museums entertain multiple relationships with communities, be they volunteers, sponsors, visitors and other users, but also with the people in their immediate neighbourhoods and the wider society. They all have their own agendas and interests, which can come into conflict with each other. Many of these issues pertain to all museums, but Jewish museums are also confronted with specific challenges. An important particularity is that many Jewish museums in Europe have been established over the last three decades in places with hardly any Jewish communities left. Yet, most of them reach beyond the Jewish communities and try to speak both to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.

The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue across nations and between practitioners, researchers, and those who work for museums, in a professional or voluntary capacity. There is scope for forging closer links between these agents who work in the same sector but lack joint forums for debate. The last workshop has led to a couple of working partnerships and we hope that the same will happen again next time. The event will also be an opportunity for participants to showcase their most recent research and museum projects and to network internationally.

The program is available here

Your place on the conference can be booked via the online store here.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of restored 16th century Ark @ Florence Jewish community
Jun 25 @ 21:00 – 22:30
Presentation of restored 16th century Ark @ Florence Jewish community | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

Following its discovery and restoration, an elaborate 16th century Aron ha-Kodesh from Pisa, believed to be the oldest Ark in Tuscany, will be displayed as part of a program during which its history and the restoration process will be discussed.

 

Jun
27
Thu
Jewish textiles in Italy @ Uffizi gallery, Florence
Jun 27 – Oct 27 all-day
Jewish textiles in Italy @ Uffizi gallery, Florence | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

The Colours of Judaism in Italy: Precious textiles and fabrics from ancient Jerusalem to contemporary ready-to-wear

The exhibition at the famed Uffizi Gallery explores various aspects of the Jewish world’s relationship with fabrics and textiles for both religious and secular use, up to and including fashion and business in the 20th century, via such themes as the role of writing as an ornamental motif, the use of textiles to adorn synagogues, embroidery as secret labor, and the role of women. .

The exhibit is included in the general admission ticket to the Uffizi.

 

 

Jun
30
Sun
Volunteer cemetery clean-up @ Budapest Jewish cemetery
Jun 30 @ 09:30 – 15:00
Volunteer cemetery clean-up @ Budapest Jewish cemetery | Budapest | Hungary

The Friends of the Budapest Jewish Cemetery are organizing its first family clean-up and documentation event at this enormous historic cemetery. Everybody is welcome, from children to the elderly.

You can volunteer for:

Cleaning activities and gardening: no special skills required for this activity.

OR

Documenting the graves (for a new photo archive): on those sections that had already been cleaned-up by the organization, volunteers may take pictures of the graves, which will be published on the website’s database of the cemetery’s graves.

As that the cemetery is far away from the city, we advise you to bring water and snacks, and make sure you bring some mosquito repellent with you. Wear comfortable clothes, and men don’t forget to wear a hat, as this is a religious site.

Gardening tools will be available for about 10 people. So volunteers are asked to bring their own flower shears, gloves and brushes, if they have them.

See our recent articles about the difficult battle to clear up and maintain this vast cemetery HERE and HERE

Jul
2
Tue
Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future @ Jews in Latvia Museum, Riga
Jul 2 – Jul 3 all-day
Riga Jewish Community, Museum “Jews in Latvia” and Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Belcova (Riga, Latvia), in collaboration with the International Center of Litvak Photography (Kaunas, Lithuania) and Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw, Poland) are sponsoring the International Conference “Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future”. 
 
The aim of the conference is to present new researches about the relationships between the Holocaust and art (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, the art of commemoration), as well as the ways that individuals reacted towards atrocities, how they tried to preserve their human dignity, and how the traumatic experience of the Holocaust has influenced European society. 

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