Part of collection of closed Jewish Museum in Ferrara on Display

  Part of the collection of the Jewish Museum in Ferrara, Italy — which has been closed to the public since an earthquake damaged the building in 2012 — are now on display again. A selection of Jewish ceremonial art … Continue reading

(Relatively) hot off the press!

ch-bildband-titel-141217  Several new books about Jewish heritage in various countries have come out in recent months. We are pleased to highlight some of them — and Mazel Tov to the authors!   Spurensuche (Searching for Traces) By Christiann Herrmann reserv-art … Continue reading

Documentation & new technology… the Jewish cemetery in Białystok, by drone…

General view of Bialystok Bagnówka cemeterty. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  New technologies are changing the way we can document Jewish heritage sites — or at least how we can see them in the context of their surroundings. Photography, archival searches and on-site examination are still extremely important,  with digital … Continue reading

Polish Catholic Church Urges Poles to Care for Jewish Heritage Sites

Jewish cemetery, Baligrod, PolandThe Catholic Church in Poland has called on Polish Catholics to care for Jewish cemeteries, synagogues and other physical traces of the pre-war Jewish population, and also care for the graves of Holocaust victims. The Polish Episcopate made the appeal … Continue reading

Livorno Jewish cemetery opens after renovation work

Article in local newspaper showing pictures of the restored entry gate to the Livorno monumental Jewish cemetery.The monumental 19th century Jewish cemetery in Livorno, Italy was “returned to the city” after a first phase of restoration, with a gala ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 11 attended by the city’s mayor, Jewish leaders and other VIPs. The work … Continue reading

Poland notes

Detail of interior wall paintings, Kielce prayer house. Photo © Virtual Shtetl/Andrzej Konopacki  Just a few of the Jewish heritage developments in Poland in recent days…   Concern at possible building on Jewish cemetery in Siemiatycze   There is concern that a cellphone company might build a transmitting aerial on the the … Continue reading

Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, Greece damaged by storm

Uprooted tree that damaged tahara house at the Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, Greece. Photo: courtesy Jewish community IoanninaThe historic Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, Greece suffered serious damage in a severe storm that struck Saturday, Jan. 3. According to local media reports and representatives of the local Jewish community, gale force winds uprooted a number of trees, including … Continue reading