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Exhibition of Gwozdziec painted synagogue ceiling panels

  An  exhibition of some of the extraordinary painted ceiling panels created during the Gwozdziec synagogue reconstruction project is on display until the end of July at the Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcade) of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. An 85 percent scale model of the tall … continue reading →

Poland: Gwozdziec Synagogue Painting Project is under way

  The summer workshops around Poland to reconstruct the intricate painted murals on the replicated ceiling of the 17th-century Gwozdziec synagogue have gotten under way! The workshops are taking place in five synagogues (active and non) around Poland: Gdansk, Sejny, … continue reading →

The Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter is out

The new Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter is out. It’s a summary of JHE news, views, & insights we have published over the past month. This month, there is material from the Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, … continue reading →

Springtime Photo Essay: Flowers in Jewish decorative art both mourn death and celebrate life

Spring is coming — or just about here — in the northern hemisphere. It’s a time of flowers. Flowers and floral motifs are frequently used in Jewish decorative art, in synagogues and Jewish cemeteries. They provide symbolic representation of life … continue reading →

Trees and Fruit for Tu B’Shevat

Monday marks Tu B’Shevat — the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, which is known as “the New Year for Trees.” It is the time of year when the earliest-blooming trees in the land of Israel start to flower.  It is the … continue reading →