The power of Jewish heritage: interview with Christian Herrmann

Mural of Jerusalem from Groisse Shil in Cherivtsi. Photo: Christian Herrmann  People become involved with Jewish heritage — Jewish built heritage — in many ways: as scholars, as researchers, as archaeologists, as documentarians, as genealogists and seekers of family history, as historians, as historic preservationists…. on and on. Based in … Continue reading

Bulgaria: Photo essay and info on abandoned synagogues

Plovdiv restored synagogue, 2004.. Photo (c) Samuel D. GruberStriking photographs of abandoned synagogues in Bulgaria appear in the Bulgarian monthly Vagabond. The photos, by Anthony Georgief, accompany an article by Violeta Rozova that describes the condition of the buildings. She writes: At the end of the Second World … Continue reading

Vilnius Old Jewish Cemetery dispute seems involved in chief rabbi’s dismissal

Map of the WW2 Vilnius ghetto on a wall in the city. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  The Jewish community in Vilnius will not extend the contract of its chief rabbi, Chaim Burshtein, and Burshtein’s public opposition to government construction on the site of the city’s Snipiskes Old Jewish Cemetery, which the Jewish community supports, appears … Continue reading