Romania: Oradea’s Zion Synagogue to be rededicated after restoration

Oradea-dome-cityRestoration work on the magnificent Zion Neolog synagogue in Oradea, Romania has been completed and the Moorish-style synagogue, a towering landmark on the bank of the Cris River in the city center, will be rededicated this week in two ceremonies … Continue reading

Romania: Film about Jewish cemetery restoration in Alba Iulia

Alba-Ijulia-2006-REG-wm1 copy    The Municipality of Alba Iulia, Romania, has prepared a video about the town’s Jewish heritage sites — synagogue and Jewish cemetery — focusing in particular on the large and historic cemetery the city’s current efforts and future plans for … Continue reading

New web site of European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative

Recently completed ESJF fence at  Jewish cemetery in Bohuslav, Ukraine. Photo: ESJF  The recently established ESJF — European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative – has launched a web site where you can access information on its activities — fencing Jewish cemeteries in (mainly) Eastern and Central Europe; delineating their boundaries; and clearly identifying … Continue reading

Lithuania: the new (and developing) “Lost Shtetl” memorial site at Šeduva

Looking up through one of the memorials at the Seduva complex. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberOn October 9, 2015 the impressive “Lost Shtetl” memorial complex was officially dedicated in and around the small town of Šeduva, Lithuania, with a ceremony attended by  Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and other VIPs, including Amir Maimon, Israel’s first ambassador to Lithuania; Darius … Continue reading