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Update: Romanian Jewish Federation asks to block auction of Siret Ark, files criminal complaint

Romanian Jewish leaders have filed a criminal complaint for fraud regarding the dismantling of the historic Aron ha Kodesh (Ark) of the synagogue in Siret and its removal to Israel where it is up for auction. They also formally requested … continue reading →

Update: Comparative photos, the historic Ark from the Synagogue in Siret, Romania, that was dismantled & taken to Israel where it is up for auction, and the “ticky-tacky” replica Ark installed in its place. Alarm raised.

The unauthorized dismantling of the historic Aron ha Kodesh (Ark) from the synagogue in Siret, Romania, and its removal to Israel, where it is to go on auction next week (Feb. 20) appears to have been a huge undertaking as … continue reading →

Further Updated with Statement from Romanian Jewish Federation: Carved wooden ark of historic synagogue in Siret, Romania dismantled & taken to Israel, where it is up for auction

The carved and painted wooden Aron ha Kodesh (Ark) from the historic Great Synagogue in Siret, Romania has been dismantled and taken to Israel, where it will be sold at auction on February 20. Photos show it was replaced in … continue reading →

Nominations are open for the WMF Watch List

Nominations are open for the 2020 World Monuments Fund Watch  list of endangered heritage sites — a recognized way of drawing attention to projects aimed at saving the sites. The 2020 World Monuments Watch will include 25 sites from around … continue reading →

Serbia: Jewish cemetery in Novi Pazar under restoration

The ruined and long-abandoned Jewish cemetery in Novi Pazar, Serbia is under restoration sponsored by the city, and work should be finished this spring, according to local media. The work is being overseen by the city’s public utilities service. An … continue reading →