Italy: Jewish heritage “virtual tours” — expanding the scope

Ark in the Italian rite synagogue in Padova. Photo © Ruth Ellen GruberThe Italian Jewish community is introducing a series of “virtual tours” that will enable far-flung users to “visit” Jewish heritage sites and museums from anywhere there is an internet connection. The Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) has announced a competition … Continue reading

Lithuania: Restoration work on historic Pakruojis wooden synagogue under way

Wooden synagogue in Pakruojis, Lithuania, before the fire. 2006Restoration of the historic wooden synagogue in Pakruojis, Lithuania, is going forward with a more than €568,000 grant from the Lichtenstein/Iceland/Norway European Economic Area (EEA). A conference Sept. 29 in Pakruojis  highlighted the renovation, which should be completed in 2017. The building … Continue reading

Poland: renovation of former Synagogue in Koronowo

Former synagogue in Koronowo, when used by Sokol club. Photo courtesy of Virtual ShtetlWith the signing of a contract with a construction company, the renovation of the former synagogue in Koronowo, Poland, near Bydgoszcz, northwest of Warsaw, is expected to be completed soon, with the building, owned by the municipality, to be transformed into a … Continue reading

Poland: Synagogue in Nowy Sącz back in use for worship

Nowy Sacz synagogue. Photo: PrzemekL via wikimediaThe synagogue in Nowy Sącz, Poland, which long housed a museum, is being used once again for religious services by Hassidim visiting the tombs of the Tzaddik Chaim Halberstam and his descendants in the Jewish cemetery. Virtual Shtetl reports that the museum management “handed over the keys to the … Continue reading

Lithuania: Cemetery work in Kaunas and Vilnius

Kaunas Jewish Cemetery, 2006. Photo (c) Ruth Ellen GruberRestoration work is beginning at the Old Jewish Cemetery in Zaliakalnis in Kaunas, Lithuania, the online news site reports. As we reported in August, the Municipality of Kaunas signed a cooperation agreement with Maceva, an NGO devoted to documenting and maintaining Jewish cemeteries … Continue reading

Russia: Kazan synagogue — New Year re-dedication

Interior of Kazan synagogue during celebration. Photo: screen grab from Youtube  The century-old synagogue in Kazan, central Russia, celebrated its centenary with a festive ceremony September 3 rededicating the building following a restoration and renovation that included a elegantly refurbished facade and lavishly decorated new interior featuring a heavy carved wooden ark. …the … Continue reading