Italy: new president of national Italian Judaism museum

Dario Disegni, in Lithuania during the October 2015 conference on Jewish cemeteries.Mazel tov to Dario Disegni, who has become president of the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS), which is under development in Ferrara. Culture Minister Enrico Franceschini named Disegni president of the museum foundation’s board of directors, replacing Riccardo Calimani, who … Continue reading

Ukraine: toward a Holocaust museum in Chernivtsi?

Ceremonial Hall, Jewish cemetery, Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberExperts gathered in Kiev in mid-December for a first meeting to discuss plans to establish a Holocaust museum in the empty and dilapidated ceremonial hall at the vast Jewish cemetery in Chernivtsi (Czernowitz), Ukraine. “The idea is to restore it and create a … Continue reading

Tips for preserving and restoring historic cemeteries

Conference participants at the Jewish cemetery in Svencioneliai, which was restored through the efforts of one of them, Dr. Michael Lozman  The American National Trust for Historic Preservation recently published an article with 10 useful tips on preserving historic cemeteries and burial grounds. The tips are focused on concept and planning, rather than hands-on techniques, and some of them fall within … Continue reading

Lithuania: Jewish Cultural Route Association established

Kedaini, Lithuania -- restored synagogues, used as culture centers   A Jewish Cultural Route Association has been established in Lithuania, with the aim of developing an officially sponsored program of Jewish cultural tourism in the country, including an itinerary of major sites of Jewish heritage. The Association was established December … Continue reading