Europa Nostra team visits Synagogue in Subotica, Serbia

Photo courtesy of Europa Nostra Serbia  A team of experts organized by Europa Nostra paid a visit last week to the synagogue in Subotica (Szabadka), Serbia — an art nouveau masterpiece dating from 1902 that Europa Nostra has put on its 2014 list of seven most endangered … Continue reading

Simchat Torah! Celebrating the Torah with images of Arks

Ark in preserved ruined synagogue, Nowy Korczyn, PolandSimchat Torah — Rejoicing in the Torah, the Jewish festival that celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings (and beginning of the new cycle), falls on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17. To mark the occasion, here are some images of the Aron ha Kodesh, … Continue reading

Poland round-up: cemeteries, synagogues, etc

Szydlowiec-wm2  A number of cemetery clean-ups and other initiatives and developments have taken place in Poland in recent weeks — and also some vandalism. We have reported on some of them, but here are notes about others. Virtual Shtetl has also … Continue reading

Red Synagogue in Joniškis, Lithuania restoration completed

Red Synagogue, Joniškis, in 2006 -- before collapse  Good news from Lithuania. Restoration work has been completed on the interior of the sanctuary of the so-called Red Synagogue in Joniškis (Yanishok), Lithuania, one of two side-by-side 19th century synagogues in the town that form one of Lithuania’s most important … Continue reading

Renovated Synagogue in Banská Štiavnica, SK dedicated

Restored facade of the synagogue in Banská Štiavnica. Photo: www.bystricoviny.skThe long-dilapidated, late 19th century synagogue in the small town of Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia was rededicated in September after a 14-month, nearly €900,000 renovation process. A commemorative plaque honoring the destroyed Jewish community was unveiled. The synagogue, picturesquely situated in the town … Continue reading