Crowd-funding for Jewish heritage projects

Projection of how site in front of Golden Rose ruins will lookCrowd-funding is increasing used to finance a wide range of projects and initiatives — and Jewish heritage work is no exception. Two major Jewish heritage projects have recently launched crowd-funding efforts.   — Space of Synagogues memorial project, L’viv, Ukraine … Continue reading

Lithuania: Wooden synagogue re-discovered; new synagogue on heritage list

Wooden synagogue revealed during building demolition. Photo: Facebook/Cultural Heritage DepartmentThe Kaunas branch of the  Lithuanian Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Heritage Department  has called for an immediate halt to the demolition of a  former wooden synagogue in the town of Kulautuva, near Kaunas. The synagogue was built in 1935 but had long … Continue reading

International Holocaust Remembrance Day — January 27

Budapest. Holocaust memorial in Kozma utca Jewish cemetery. People write in names and dates that were missed.January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945,  is marked in many countries as the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an occasion for commemorative ceremonies, educational programs, and other initiatives. Monuments and memorials are also dedicated. This year … Continue reading

Latvia: Video of opening of restored Rezekne “Green Synagogue”

Publicity photo - Rezekne City Council  Here’s a video of the (snowy) official ceremony January 22 opening the historic wooden “Green Synagogue” in Rezekne, Latvia after a €700,000 renovation process that lasted a decade. The building — as we reported earlier — will be a wooden … Continue reading

Czech Republic: renovated Brno synagogue reopens & gets a new Torah

Exterior of the Brno synagogue. Photo courtesy of Arno Parik  The modernist-functionalist Agudas Achim synagogue on Skořepka street in Brno, Czech Republic, has reopened after a renovation — and as part of the ceremony received a newly written Torah scroll. The renovation was in part funded with a €204,409 grant from the … Continue reading