Update on state of Przemyśl synagogue: new challenges

Water damage on ceiling of the Scheinbach synagogue in Przemysl. Photo: Remembrance & Reconciliation    Plans for the restoration of the Scheinbach Synagogue in Przemyśl, Poland and its transformation into a cultural center are facing new challenges, including structural damage to the building due to a leaking roof, reports Marla Raucher Osborn, a Warsaw-based member of … Continue reading

Still time to apply for Rothschild Foundation Europe grants

Participants at the Krakow conference on managing Jewish built heritage in Europe visit the Przysucha synagogue April 2013. Photo © Andras Mayer  DEADLINE APPROACHING!   The Museums, Heritage Encounters and Archives and Libraries programs of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe are currently open for stage-one applications — but the deadline of July 30, 2014 is fast approaching!   The Archives and … Continue reading

Novelty vs Loyalty in Cultural/Heritage Tourism?

Balagan Cafe at the Florence synagogue, August 2013This thoughtful article about heritage tourism by Neil Silberman raises many questions about heritage, authenticity, promotion, and audience. We hope it can foster a discussion on the issues he mentions — important ones to those involved in heritage tourism but also … Continue reading

Rich online source of photos of synagogues

  Worth Noting! Thanks to our friends at the Gedenkstättenportal / Sites of Remembrance for drawing attention to a very rich online “FlickRiver” source of photographs of synagogues. As our friends pointed out, it’s “a huge gallery of pictures of synagogues from … Continue reading

Update on restoration of Great Synagogue in Iaşi, Romania

Detail of deterioration of wooden structure around Ark of Iaşi Great Synagogue  The restoration of the 17th century Great Synagogue in Iaşi, Romania is progressing — but slowly, and more problems are found as the process goes on, reports Lucia Apostol, who is responsible for property and built heritage at the Federation of Jewish Communities … Continue reading

Czech 10 Stars — Touring the Constellation

Facade of the restored synagogue in Nová Cerekev is the most distinctive building in the town,JHE Coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber spent much of last week criss-crossing the Czech Republic to visit as many of the newly inaugurated sites of the 10 Stars project as she could… alas, due to distance, bad weather and delays due … Continue reading

Annual Preserving Memory awards in Poland — 2014

The 17th annual “Preserving Memory” awards were presented last week in Krakow, honoring non-Jewish Poles who preserve, protect, maintain and promote Jewish culture and heritage. The awards were presented at a ceremony June 29 at the Galicia Jewish Museum during … Continue reading

Czech 10 Stars update: Úštěk

The ambitious Czech 10 Stars project, which we have reported on JHE as it has developed, was inaugurated last month – 10 synagogues and associated Jewish heritage sites, in 10 towns all over the country, that have been renovated (or re-renovated) … Continue reading