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 Welcome to the International Survey of Jewish Monuments (ISJM). 

The International Survey of Jewish Monuments (ISJM) is an independent, non-profit, membership based, educational organization dedicated to the documentation, study, care and conservation of historic Jewish sites throughout the world. 

A primary role of ISJM is to serve as a clearing-house of information about current projects and programs that effect Jewish monuments, especially through the posting of news, photos, reports, directories and other materials on this site.

Check the RSS News section  for links to articles from around the world, including updates on Jewish monuments.  The calendar is a good place to find upcoming events such as museum openings, art exhibitions, cultural festivals, conferences, and lectures.


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 Latest News About Jewish Monuments Minimize

Poland notes: What’s to be done?

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:27:29 +0000

This hole in the group leads to the hidden mikveh in Zelechow. Photo: Krzysztof Bielawski  Several recent developments in Poland highlight the complexity of the challenge of what’s to be done — or what to do — with Jewish heritage that is has disappeared, been abused or otherwise all but lost to memory. We … Continue reading

Call for applications – Genealogy academic research grants

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:30:55 +0000

Radauti-recrods2The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy has issued its annual call for applications for research grants. The deadline is May 31, 2016, with results announced September 1. The grants — of up to $10,000 —  are for original projects to be … Continue reading

New Have Your Say: an ancient Torah as a stimulus for the future

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:15:28 +0000

Stairs leading to the Biimah in the Padova synagogueIn our new “Have Your Say” op-ed, by the Italian Jewish studies scholar Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, is on online! The story of a nearly 800-year-old Torah that was recently returned to the synagogue in Biella, Italy leads the Italian Jewish studies scholar Dr. Gadi … Continue reading

Lithuania update: newly discovered wooden synagogue won’t be saved

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:00:06 +0000

Wooden synagogue revealed during building demolition. Photo: Facebook/Cultural Heritage DepartmentIt appears that a wooden synagogue recently re-discovered in Kulautuva, Lithuania will not be preserved. The synagogue, built in 1935, was uncovered in January when the masonry building that had been constructed around it in the Communist era was being demolished. … Continue reading

We were hacked!

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:17:32 +0000

Dear readers — unfortunately, our news feed was hacked and some strange posts appeared on it… we are attempting to rectify the situation. Thanks for your understanding.    

Dilemma of Jewish Heritage: Call for essay abstracts

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 23:02:21 +0000

Looking up into the cupola of the synagogue in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia  We are pleased to forward this call for abstracts for a  volume of essays to be published by the Littman Library as part of the Jewish Cultural Studies series.   CALL FOR ABSTRACTS   The Dilemma of Jewish Heritage: … Continue reading

Two newly issued Jewish heritage books of note: Poland, UK

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 23:37:16 +0000

Heavens gates coverFrom time to time we signal new publications on Jewish built heritage. This time — here is information on two books; one a new publication for the anniversary of a synagogue, the other a new edition of one of the … Continue reading

Poland: new Jewish Warsaw tourism/info resources

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 10:30:17 +0000

Warsaw skyline-wm1Just in time for the upcoming tourist season, two valuable new resources have been launched that will be of use and interest for travellers (and even armchair travellers) interested in Warsaw’s Jewish heritage and contemporary life. One — a detailed Jewish guide … Continue reading

Ireland: Cork synagogue update – will be a church

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 19:56:16 +0000

Photo: Cork Hebrew Congregation  An Adventist church will soon move into the former synagogue in Cork, Ireland, which was closed with a ceremony last month because the local congregation is too small to sustain it. We reported at the time that it was believed that the … Continue reading

Swiss synagogue celebrates its 120th birthday

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:34:42 +0000

Cover of brochure for anniversary events  The synagogue in the Swiss town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Jura Mountains near the border with France, kicks off a year of celebrations for its 120th birthday with two concerts of klezmer music by the David Bursztein ensemble, March 19 and 20. Anniversary … Continue reading

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