Sneak Peek — our next “Have Your Say” will be by Michael Lozman

Dr. Michael Lozman in Lithuania  Coming soon! Here’s a sneak peek at our next “Have Your Say” op-ed, which will be a detailed personal essay by Dr. Michael Lozman, who has worked to protect and preserve more than a dozen abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Belarus and Lithuania. In … Continue reading

Slovakia: Renovated Status Quo synagogue reopens in Trnava

Renovated facade of the Status Quo synagogue in Trnava. Photo: Trnava Self-Governing RegionThe Status Quo synagogue in Trvana, Slovakia was revealed to the public last week after an eight-months’ renovation. The synagogue, designed by the Viennese architect Jakub Gartner and built in 1897 on Halenárska street,  has been used as the Jan Koniarek … Continue reading

Poland: Jewish museum opens in Gliwice

Ceiling of the restored Ceremonial Hall, site of the new Upper Silesian Jews House of Remembrance museum. Photo: Gliwice City MuseumA new Jewish museum — the Upper Silesian Jews House of Remembrance – has opened, in the restored, red-brick, pre-burial house at the “new” Jewish cemetery in Gliwice, in southern Poland. (Address: 14 Księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego Street). The opening ceremony took place … Continue reading

CZ: Boskovice Jewish cemetery mortuary reconstruction

Boskovice: Screen grab from video showing totally reconstructed mortuaryThe small, 18th century mortuary/ceremonial hall of the centuries-old Jewish cemetery in Boskovice, Czech Republic was reopened this week after a total reconstruction that capped a lengthy restoration and clean-up of the entire cemetery. Before the reconstruction the building was was an utter … Continue reading

Crowd-funding for Jewish heritage projects

Projection of how site in front of Golden Rose ruins will lookCrowd-funding is increasing used to finance a wide range of projects and initiatives — and Jewish heritage work is no exception. Two major Jewish heritage projects have recently launched crowd-funding efforts.   – Space of Synagogues memorial project, L’viv, Ukraine … Continue reading

Lithuania: Wooden synagogue re-discovered; new synagogue on heritage list

Wooden synagogue revealed during building demolition. Photo: Facebook/Cultural Heritage DepartmentThe Kaunas branch of the  Lithuanian Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Heritage Department  has called for an immediate halt to the demolition of a  former wooden synagogue in the town of Kulautuva, near Kaunas. The synagogue was built in 1935 but had long … Continue reading

International Holocaust Remembrance Day — January 27

Budapest. Holocaust memorial in Kozma utca Jewish cemetery. People write in names and dates that were missed.January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945,  is marked in many countries as the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an occasion for commemorative ceremonies, educational programs, and other initiatives. Monuments and memorials are also dedicated. This year … Continue reading