European Day of Jewish Culture — Today!

Today, Sept. 29, is the annual European Day of Jewish Culture — with hundreds of events planned in a dozen countries around Europe: performances, lectures, concerts, guided tours, food-tastings, book fairs, and more. Synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other Jewish heritage … Continue reading

Commemorations of lost Jewish places…in Sardinia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

  Though thousands of Jewish heritage sites — synagogues, cemeteries, mikvaot, former ghetto areas, etc — still stand, in one form or another, many, many Jewish places have been  razed, forgotten or erased from memory. Many synagogue buildings have been … Continue reading

Cologne Jewish Museum closer to realization?

  Germany’s Die Welt newspaper has reported that the city of Cologne and the Rhineland Regional Council  (LVR) signed a framework agreement last week for the construction of a long-planned, long-contested Jewish museum. The article notes that there has long … Continue reading

Restored synagogue in Čkyně, Czech Republic to be Rededicated

The restored synagogue in the village of Čkyně, in southern Bohemia, will be rededicated on Oct. 5 with ceremonies including a religious service and the return of Torah scrolls from the synagogue that had been saved and preserved after the … Continue reading

Bleak future for Jewish museum in synagogue in Łęczna, Poland?

Virtual Shtetl has run a troubling article by Adam Dylewski about the uncertain, and apparently bleak, future of the Regional Museum housed in the thick-walled, 17th-century former synagogue in Łęczna, Poland — long recognized as one of the best solutions for … Continue reading