Medias, Romania synagogue — coming slowly back to life

Medias synagogue interior. Photo © Yoraan Rafael Reuben  Thanks to a grant for archival preservation, a volunteer clean-up operation, and a series of scheduled cultural and religious events, the synagogue in Medias in Romania is slowly coming back to life. Built in around 1897, the synagogue can … Continue reading

Summertime — time to volunteer to clean Jewish cemeteries

Jewish cemetery, Oswiecim, Poland.It’s summertime, and a number of volunteer initiatives to clean up Jewish cemeteries in various countries have been taking place. These initiatives — one-day efforts, or “work camps” that may last two or three weeks — are sponsored by a … Continue reading

Shtetl Routes project Field Notes #2 — Podlasie region, Poland

Orla-WejmanHere is a second installment of field notes from the on-site research that is being carried out for the international “Shtetl Routes” project, a tourism itinerary through a score or more of towns in the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine border region that is under development with a … Continue reading

The Shtetl Routes project — Travel Notes from Ukrainian Galicia

Roads signs in Rohatyn, Ukraine. Photo: Shtetl Routes  We are pleased to post brief field notes from the on-site research that is being carried out for the international “Shtetl Routes” project, a tourism itinerary through a score or more of towns in the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine border region that is under development … Continue reading

What is Heritage? Who Defines It? Who Controls it?

Interactive video, part of the exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Plock, Poland.  A thoughtful article in the Financial Times by Gillian Tett  asks important questions about heritage — how it is defined, and who does, and should, define and control it. The article is headlined “The Battle for British Heritage,” and Tett writes specifically … Continue reading