Call for Papers: 3rd International Congress on Jewish Architecture

Jubilee synagogue int wm1  We are pleased for share this Call for Papers for an important upcoming conference.   Synagogue and Museum. 3rd International Congress on Jewish Architecture November 21-23, 2016 Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany The congress is organized by the Bet Tfila … Continue reading

Krakow: 7@Nite – Night of the Synagogues

The ark in the Remuh synagogue, just before 2 a.m.  Last night — June 4-5 — was the sixth edition of the “7@Nite” or “Night of the Synagogues”  in Krakow, a wonderful initiative where all seven of the synagogues in the historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, were opened to the … Continue reading

New “Have Your Say” op-ed! Jewish spaces, German obligation, World Heritage?

Rebuilt menShUM is an acronym of the first letters of the medieval Hebrew names of three cities in Germany: Shin (Sh) = Shpira = Speyer; Vav (represented as U) = Warmaisa = Worms; and Mem (M) = Magenza = Mainz. In … Continue reading

Lithuania: Šeduva Jewish cemetery by drone

General view, restored Jewish cemetery     Drone videography is becoming widespread…..seeing Jewish cemeteries from above provides a new perspective and puts them into the context of their surroundings. We have already linked to a drone video of the Jewish cemetery in Bialystok, Poland. Here’s … Continue reading

Jewish Gravestones: Reflecting on Portraits

Portrait on a gravestone in the Jewish cemetery of Brno, Czech Republic  Starting in the latter part of the 19th century, Jewish gravestones in parts of Europe often included laminated photographs (or even sometimes sculpted portraits) of the deceased.  Some of the photos are haunting (such as the one pictured above.) … Continue reading