New “Have Your Say” essay – Epitaphs: poignant connections to a world now gone

Dr. Heidi M. Szpek works on a gravestone in the Bagnówka cemetery    In our new Have Your Say personal essay, Dr. Heidi M. Szpek writes beautifully about how she was drawn to reading and translating the epitaphs on the gravestones in the Bagnówka Jewish cemetery in Białystok, Poland and thus … Continue reading

Ukraine: Signals of cooperation in Jewish Heritage work

Synagogue, Stari Sambir, UkraineA roundtable meeting in L’viv of activists, Jewish representatives, NGOs, and local government officials appears to signal new cooperation and possible new, collaborative strategies on Jewish cultural heritage preservation and research in parts of western Ukraine. JHE friend Marla Raucher … Continue reading

Lithuania: Plans for state-of-art Jewish Museum at Šeduva announced

Preliminary design concept for the Lost Shtetl Museum    Plans have been announced for a state-of-the-art Jewish museum slated to open in 2019 as part of the “Lost Shtetl” memorial complex at Šeduva, Lithuania. The museum complex will be designed by the Finnish company “Lahdelma & Mahlamäki … Continue reading

Germany: Augsburg synagogue gears up for centenary this year

Entry to the Augsburg synagogue. Photo by Alois Wüst, via Wikimedia, GNU Free Documentation License  The domed synagogue in Augsburg, Germany (which anchors a major Jewish museum) celebrates its centenary this year and has just released its “Jubilee Program” — a series of events in April, May, and June to mark the occasion. The program … Continue reading