Lights for the Festival of Lights!

Rychnov nad Kneznou, Czech Republic: Hanukkah-type menorahs flank the ark in the restored synagogue, now a Jewish museum  JHE wishes all of our readers a very happy Hanukkah and holiday season! Hanukkah — the Festival of Lights — lasts this year from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24. During the festival Jews light a special nine-branched Hanukkah Menorah, … Continue reading

Choral Synagogue in Bucharest to be rededicated after 8-year renovation

Choral posterCelebrating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of its construction, Bucharest’s Choral Synagogue will be rededicated on Dec. 16 — the first night of Hanukkah — following an extensive, eight-year renovation process. The restoration was realized with the support of … Continue reading

Extensive new online resource on Hungarian synagogues

Szombathely synagogue. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberAn extensive — and it is hoped growing — new online resource on Hungarian synagogues has been recently launched. Called synagogues.hu  it amounts to a sort of virtual museum on Hungarian synagogue architecture — and in fact was organized by … Continue reading