POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews opens

polin-wm1There has been exhaustive coverage in the Polish and international media on the grand opening Oct. 28 of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The opening – at a ceremony presided over by the Polish and Israeli presidents amid several days … Continue reading

Comprehensive story on Bródno cemetery matzevot in Warsaw

Gravestones awaiting restoration, Brodno Jewish cemetery, Warsaw. Photo: Virtual Shtetl/Sebastian DomżalskiMaja Czarnecka of AFP has written a comprehensive feature story on returning to Warsaw’s Bródno Jewish cemetery hundreds of matzevot and fragments that had been used in construction.  “Poland regained its independence 24 years ago. Today we can speak freely, … Continue reading

Lublin: Transfer of Yiddish wall painting to conserve it

Photo: Virtual ShtetlVirtual Shtetl has been reporting on the discovery, conservation and painstaking transfer of a Yiddish wall painting — apparently a shop advertisement or sign — in Lublin. The sign was discovered in May at a house at 4 Cyrulicza St. in Lublin. It was decided … Continue reading

Europa Nostra team visits Synagogue in Subotica, Serbia

Photo courtesy of Europa Nostra Serbia  A team of experts organized by Europa Nostra paid a visit last week to the synagogue in Subotica (Szabadka), Serbia — an art nouveau masterpiece dating from 1902 that Europa Nostra has put on its 2014 list of seven most endangered … Continue reading

Simchat Torah! Celebrating the Torah with images of Arks

Ark in preserved ruined synagogue, Nowy Korczyn, PolandSimchat Torah — Rejoicing in the Torah, the Jewish festival that celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings (and beginning of the new cycle), falls on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17. To mark the occasion, here are some images of the Aron ha Kodesh, … Continue reading

Poland round-up: cemeteries, synagogues, etc

Szydlowiec-wm2  A number of cemetery clean-ups and other initiatives and developments have taken place in Poland in recent weeks — and also some vandalism. We have reported on some of them, but here are notes about others. Virtual Shtetl has also … Continue reading