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Jan
27
Fri
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all-day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, marked as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in many countries with commemorations, educational programs, etc.

May
21
Sun
Licoricia of Winchester: Heritage and Memory of Medieval Anglo Jewry @ The Arc, Winchester
May 21 @ 13:30 – 14:30
Licoricia of Winchester: Heritage and Memory of Medieval Anglo Jewry @ The Arc, Winchester | England | United Kingdom

A round-table discussion, plus optional walking tours through the “invisible” medieval Jewish history of Winchester. The Roundtable is free, the walking tours — at 10:30-11:30am or 11:30-12:30pm, cost £5. 

The event event focuses on Licoricia of Winchester and the heritage and memory of medieval Anglo-Jewry.

The bronze statue of the remarkable Anglo-Jewish woman, Licoricia, was unveiled in Winchester in 2021. This is the most prominent heritage work carried out relating to medieval Anglo- Jewry. 

The event, through a walking tour (£5) and free round table discussion, will consider the achievements of the Licoricia project, and the challenges of creating heritage in the absence of the built heritage that directly reflects the presence of medieval Winchester Jewry. It will also consider the public and educational issues raised when dealing with questions such as the Jewish role in medieval finance and hostile representations of Jews from the period based on religious bigotry. Addressing the key aims of the Licoricia project, participants will explore the potential of such commemoration to consider the roots of prejudice and discrimination, using this to promote tolerance, diversity, and female empowerment.

Please note that if you wish to attend both the walking tour and the roundtable event, you will need to register for each event separately.

Click here for booking and other details

Click here to read an April 2017  JHE Have Your Say essay about invisible medieval Jewish heritage by one of the Roundtable speakers, Dr. Toni Griffiths

 

Jul
23
Sun
Kos synagogue reopens @ Kal Shalom synagogue
Jul 23 @ 11:30 – 12:30
Kos synagogue reopens @ Kal Shalom synagogue | Greece

Inauguration of the restored synagogue on the island of Kos.

A new Ark and Bimah and other interior furnishings have been installed and — after decades out of its original use — the building will be rededicated as an active house of Jewish worship.

The Kos synagogue was built in the mid-1930s to replace an older synagogue that was destroyed in an earthquake in April 1933. It was abandoned after the near-total destruction of the circa 120 member Jewish community during the Holocaust, and then was purchased by the Municipality around 1984 and used as a local cultural centre.

See our post

 

Sep
4
Mon
Bulgaria: Vidin synagogue rededication @ Vidin synagogue
Sep 4 @ 14:00 – 16:00
Bulgaria: Vidin synagogue rededication @ Vidin synagogue | Vidin | Vidin | Bulgaria

The restoration of the long-ruined synagogue in Vidin, Bulgaria, a historic town overlooking the Danube, has been completed and the building will be rededicated Sept. 4. 

The long-stalled, long-awaited restoration of the long-derelict synagogue in Vidin begun in 2021 after many delays. The building will become a multipurpose cultural center dedicated to the Vidin-born Jewish artist Jules Pascin, to include a museum, library, meeting hall, park area, and spaces for prayer and for the commemoration of the Holocaust.

Photo: Svetoslav Tsvetanov/Radio Vidin

Nov
23
Thu
A journey between Islamic and Jewish Europe: Ruth Ellen Gruber and Tharik Hussain in conversation @ Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, Venice
Nov 23 @ 17:00 – 18:30
A journey between Islamic and Jewish Europe: Ruth Ellen Gruber and Tharik Hussain in conversation @ Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, Venice | Venezia | Veneto | Italy

JHE’s Ruth Ellen Gruber, the author of travel books and articles on Jewish heritage in Europe, will be in conversation — “A Journey between Islamic and Jewish Europe” — with the British Muslim writer Tharik Hussain, the author of travel literature on Islamic heritage in Europe, as part of a three day series of meetings called “Invitation to the Voyage.” The conversation will be led by Prof. Shaul Bassi.

The meetings are held in collaboration between the Fondazione dell’Albero d’Oro and the  Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, and on the occasion of the last days of the ‘Nicolò Manucci. the Marco Polo of India’ exhibition.

The venue is  the drawing room of Palazzo Vendramin Grimani.

The meetings will be open to the public, free of charge upon reservation.  Simultaneous translation into Italian will be available for each meeting.

Click here for full information and program and to reserve a place

 

Jan
12
Fri
Tracce e Memorie del Ghetto – Traces and Memories of the Ghetto @ Biblioteca Civica di Verona
Jan 12 – Feb 3 all-day
Tracce e Memorie del Ghetto - Traces and Memories of the Ghetto @ Biblioteca Civica di Verona

An exhibit that documents the urban and architectural experience of the  historic ghetto in Verona. It is mounted in connection with Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27.

Opening hours are:

Mondays 14:00 – 19:00
Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 – 19:00

Special opening

Sunday January 28 9:00 – 19:00

Jan
23
Tue
“Religious Heritage and Minority Communities” @ online and Centre for Religion and Heritage of the University of Groningen
Jan 23 @ 13:15 – 18:15
“Religious Heritage and Minority  Communities” @ online and Centre for Religion and Heritage of the University of Groningen

The Centre for Religion and Heritage of the University of Groningen will host a half-day public symposium to launch the Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Heritage in Contemporary Europe. This event will also inaugurate a new European project on minority religious heritage.

The event takes place in person and also online.  Click HERE to register

The organizers state:

The Handbook provides a state-of-the-art guide by leading international scholars, policy makers and heritage practitioners. With 46 chapters, we cannot address all the contributions, thus we have chosen to concentrate on those which examine how religious communities are using their rich heritage to make new meanings for themselves in Europe. Our focus will be on Jewish, Muslim and Christian heritage. We want to think together about the challenges facing these communities, as they grapple with being Jewish or Muslim minorities in a historically Christian landscape, or with being a minority of practicing Christians in the highly secularized society, such as that of Northern Netherlands. Reflecting on these questions together with our Handbook authors will aid the start of a new project in the Erasmus Plus program called European Pathways to Minority Religious Heritage (Miretage). Over three years we are exploring how minority religious heritage can be taught as a co-creative activity between heritage institutions, creative organizations and minority communities. On hand to participate in the symposium are partners from Storytelling Center Amsterdam, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Moslim Archief Rotterdam, KU Leuven, Future for Religious

Click here to see the program for the January 23 event

 

Jan
27
Sat
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all-day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, is observed as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

There are many commemorative, educational, and other events in many countries on and around that date.

 

 

Feb
19
Mon
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.

Feb
21
Wed
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.
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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:
jdesbook@gmail.com

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