Ruckus over Edirne, Turkey synagogue restoration appears resolved

Edirne Buyuk Sinagogu  By Yabancı (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsThere was a disturbing ruckus this past week over what appeared to be an attempt to use the nearly-completed restoration of the 1907 Büyük Synagogue (Great Synagogue) in Edirne, Turkey as a political tool within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On November 21, the … Continue reading

Is “authenticity” over-rated….? A provocative article poses the question

The former synagogue in Tata, Hungary is a museum devoted to copies of ancient Greek and Roman scupturesThe theme of the just-concluded annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums was “Approaches to Authenticity: the Virtual vs. the Material vs. the Recreated” — JHE coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber spoke on a panel there devoted to that topic. … Continue reading

25 years since the “Velvet Revolution” — more than 65 synagogues restored in CZ

Polna, Czech Republic -- Ark in the restored synagogue  November 17 marked the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the so-called Velvet Revolution that toppled communist rule in then-Czechoslovakia. Since then, many things have changed….. Relating to Jewish heritage, in what today is the Czech Republic more than 65 … Continue reading