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CZ: Cobblestones cut from mazevot used as paving in Prague are being returned to Jewish community

The city of Prague is returning to the Prague Jewish community cobblestones cut from Jewish gravestones that the communist regime had used to pave a prominent downtown pedestrian promenade. As we reported in January, the cobbles were used to construct … continue reading →

Netherlands: Culture ministry allocates €2.5 million to preserve Jewish cemeteries

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science has allocated €2.5 million for the maintenance and restoration of Jewish cemeteries in The Netherlands. Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven announced the grant in a letter to Parliament November 5. The NIK Jewish … continue reading →

Ukraine: Fire Destroys former Great Synagogue in Illintsi. Had long been used as a carpentry workshop (UPDATE: Much of structure appears to have survived)

The former Great Synagogue in Illintsi, in southwest Ukraine, was gutted by fire this past week, according to local media and video. UPDATE: a picture posted on Facebook after the fire was extinguished showed the at least parts of the … continue reading →