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Remembering Pinchus Krémègne (28 July 1890 – 5 April 1981)


Happy Birthday Henry Hohauser, Miami Art Deco Master (b. May 27, 1895)

New Exhibit in Leeds Highlights Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe (1918-2006)

Happy Birthday Richard Neutra (April 8, 1892 – April 16, 1970)!

Poland: Krakow's Beit Midrash Hevra Tehilim. How Should The Wall Paintings Be Presented?

Lithuania: Observations on the Vilna Gaon Statue and other Monuments

Belarus: Jewish Traces in Chaim Soutine's Home Town of Smilovichi

Lithuania: Vilnius's Choral Synagogue

Russia: Center for Jewish Art Releases Report on Synagogues and Judiaca in Siberia

USA: Modern Orthodox / Orthodox Modernism II: Kesher Israel, Harrisburg, PA

Lithuania: Uzupis Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius No Longer Forgotten

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We are pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions of the photos of the late Vincent Giordano to be held in New York and Washington, DC in the fall of 2019.

Romaniote Memories - a Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano" will open on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at the Consulate of Greece in New York and will continue through October 3rd, 2019. A lecture and panel discussion about Romaniote Jews will take place at the Consulate on Wednesday, September 25th.

The exhibition then travels to the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. and will open on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 and continue through November 29th, 2019. A lecture and panel discussion on the Romaniote Jews will take place at the Embassy on Wednesday, November 13th.

The photographs are part of a multi-media archive, created by Giordano, who died in 2010, which was sponsored by International Survey of Jewish Monuments and in 2019 will find a new home at the Hellenic American Project and Special Collections at the Library of Queens College, New York.

The Vincent Giordano multi-media archive is comprised of an assortment of written material, photographic negatives, prints and slides, audio cassettes and other tapes, video mini-cassettes and other recordings, and miscellaneous material related to Giordano's more than decade-long documentation of the Greek-Jewish community of Kehila Kedosha Janina in New York and the synagogue and community in Ioannina, Greece.

In 1999, photographer Vincent Giordano made an unplanned visit to the small Kehila Kedosha Janina (KKJ) synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. He knew little about Judaism or synagogues, and even less about the Romaniote Jewish tradition of which KKJ, built in 1927, is the lone North American representative. In this he was not alone. Romaniotes –are among the least known of Jewish communities. Since the Holocaust, when 85% of all Jews in Greece perished and the historic Romaniote communities in Greece largely destroyed, KKJ has struggled to maintain its’ millennia-old traditions.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Local Muslim Youth Organize Clean-up of Jewish Cemetery in Tuzla

Sun, 28 Apr 2019 07:42:05 +0000

Young people from the Youth Network of the local Muslim community, led by local Imams, have organized a clean-up of the Jewish cemetery in Tuzla, Bosnia Herzegovina, according to the news site. The article on said the action ... continue reading →

The Power of Built Heritage — op-ed by JHE director

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:27:35 +0000

In the wake of the devastating fire last week at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, JHE Director Ruth Ellen Gruber wrote an op-ed for JTA discussing the transcendent symbolism of built heritage.   JTA gave the essay the title “Notre Dame will be rebuilt ... continue reading →

JHE Newsletter for April is out

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:15:44 +0000

The Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter for April is out — news, views, insights from Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldova, Romania, Belarus, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovakia — and more. We also link to JHE Director Ruth Ellen Gruber’s op-ed in JTA on ... continue reading →

CZ: Grassroots association buys rundown synagogue in Pacov; hopes to begin implementation of longterm plans for restoration

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:49:04 +0000

A local grassroots association has managed to purchase the rundown former synagogue in Pacov, Czech Republic and hopes to begin implementation of its longterm plans to restore the building as a memorial and cultural center. “We intend to save the ... continue reading →

Call for Submissions: Parallel Traces Jewish Heritage digital art competition

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:04:55 +0000

The Parallel Traces Jewish heritage digital art competition is now open. The EU-funded Jewish heritage project, formally called Parallel Traces: A New Lens on Jewish Heritage, aims to encourage awareness of urban Jewish heritage through digital art — photographs, audio ... continue reading →

Sweden: early 19th century wall paintings uncovered in old synagogue in Stockholm during renovation as new premises as Sweden Jewish Museum

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:41:30 +0000

Wall and ceiling paintings probably dating from the early 19th century have been discovered under thick layers of paint during the restoration of new premises for the Swedish Jewish Museum in the city’s oldest surviving synagogue building. According to a ... continue reading →

Wine, herbs, fish, matzo…Passover greetings from JHE!

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:05:11 +0000

Heartfelt wishes from JHE for a joyous and meaningful Pesach (with Seders full of delicious food and lively stories and discussion). Throughout the Passover week, we eat matzo — and at the Seder we are enjoined to drink four cups ... continue reading →

Ten Synagogues in Belarus: news site publishes a photo essay of a ruined landscape

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:14:02 +0000

A news site in Belarus,,  has published a photo essay of 10 surviving synagogue buildings around the country — check it out! The synagogues in the photo essay include those in: Slonim    Bykhov  Ruzhany  Stolin   Grodno   Kobryn   Luzhki   Ashmiany   ... continue reading →

Poland: the “virtual reconstruction” of the Great Synagogue in Warsaw restores memory and underscores the transcendent symbolism of architecture and built heritage

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:47:59 +0000

  . Architecture and built heritage can transcend the specific and become potent symbols for society. In light of the fire that has seriously damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, we recall the destruction — and the “virtual rebirth” — ... continue reading →

Slovakia: Jewish genealogist attempts to restore vast Jewish cemetery in Košice, stone by stone

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:05:47 +0000

A Jewish genealogist is attempting to restore the large Jewish cemetery in Košice, in eastern Slovakia, by rescuing and restoring fallen and broken headstones, one by one. Peter Absolon, who runs the Kosice-based Slovakia Jewish Genealogy Services, states that his ... continue reading →

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