Hungary: Government allocates funds to repair fire-damaged synagogue

Screengrab of Zugló synagogue, showing how it looked before the fire, from zsinagogak.huThe Hungarian government has allocated 142 million Forints (€460,000) toward the repair of a small synagogue in Budapest that was gutted by an electrical fire in October 2016. The announcement was made by Miklós Soltész Stat Secretary for religious, ethnic … Continue reading

Italy: contested plans to develop site of old Jewish cemetery in Mantova

  The Jewish Chronicle reports on a complex situation that has been brewing for several months in Mantova (Mantua), in northern Italy, where contested interests have raised issues over the derelict site of a centuries-old Jewish cemetery. A group of … Continue reading

Czech Republic: funds sought to restore Plzeň Great Synagogue

Great synagogue, Plzen, Czech Republic, 2015The Jewish Community in Plzeň (Pilsen) in the Czech Republic has applied for a 4.5-million-euro  grant from the EU to restore the city’s twin-towered Great Synagogue and Rabbinical house. The planned reconstruction will mainly involve the interior of the Synagogue, … Continue reading

Ukraine notes: more matzevah fragments recovered; drone footage of Ostroh synagogue

Screen grab of photo by Ilya Miretsky of the recovered fragments of matzevot from Kovel, UkraineNews comes from Kovel, western Ukraine, of another instance of the discovery of numerous fragments of Jewish gravestones that were used for construction work in Ukraine in the Soviet period. The news site reports that the fragments were discovered … Continue reading

Center for Jewish Art: recent activities; new book due out on Ukrainian synagogues

volhynia-bookWe are eagerly awaiting the publication, scheduled for April, of Synagogues in Ukraine: Volhynia, a new book by Drs. Sergey R. Kravtsov and Vladimir Levin of the Center for Jewish Art at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The announcement of the … Continue reading