Plans for new Jewish (or Jewish-related) museums in Poland in the works

Replica of the destroyed wooden synagogue of Wolpe, under construction in Bilgoraj, Poland. Photo  Agata SaganMuch attention this year focused on the opening of the core exhibit of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. But four or five other new Jewish museums, or museums with Jewish themes,  are under development … Continue reading

Impact of tourism to religious heritage highlighted

Tourists in Prague outside the Old-New synagogue. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently highlighted the impact of tourism to religious and/or spiritual sites. The organization states in a news release issued this month: According to UNWTO estimates, 300 to 330 million tourists visit … Continue reading

Poland notes: Travel App; Online Cemetery Research, Exhibitions & more

Gateway to the Remuh synagogue, Krakow. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  So much goes on in Poland regarding Jewish built heritage that it can be hard to keep up… Some developments we are posting on individually, but here is a round up of some other recent news:   NEW APP … Continue reading

Lights for the Festival of Lights!

Rychnov nad Kneznou, Czech Republic: Hanukkah-type menorahs flank the ark in the restored synagogue, now a Jewish museum  JHE wishes all of our readers a very happy Hanukkah and holiday season! Hanukkah — the Festival of Lights — lasts this year from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24. During the festival Jews light a special nine-branched Hanukkah Menorah, … Continue reading