Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. I, No. 2 / Summer 1997
Exhibitions, Conferences and Events


COURTSHIP AND CONTRACT: DECORATED KETUBOT FROM EUROPE AND THE ORIENT. Through August 31, 1997. Exhibit of 240 decorated Ketubot from the 17th through the 20th century from Italy, Persia, India and elsewhere. Jewish Theological Seminary, New York.

LETTERS FROM CAIRO: JEWS AND MUSLIMS 800-1500. Through Oct. 12, 1997. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Cairo Genizah, the greatest cache of medieval manuscripts ever found. Over 70 works, providing insights into medicine, philosophy, etc. and everyday life in the Eastern Mediterranean from the 9th through the 15th centuries. Jewish Museum, New York.

REVEALING AN ANCIENT MESSAGE: A SYNAGOGUE MOSAIC FROM SEPHHORIS. June 29-Oct. 12, 1997. A recently excavated mosaic floor from a 5th-century synagogue in Sapphires with scenes of Abraham and Isaac, the Tabernacle, the Jerusalem Temple and a Zodiac. Jewish Museum, New York.

FORGING AN IDENTITY – THE ART OF THE YEMENITE SILVERSMITH, through Dec. 31, 1997. A new exhibition form the museum’s collection displaying tools, jewelry and ritual objects celebrating Yemen’s Jews as silversmiths. Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA.


FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON JEWISH GENEALOGY, PARIS, FRANCE, JULY 13-17, 1997. This annual conference is the biggest event in the Jewish genealogy calendar and brings together researchers from dozens of countries. Many of the presentations touch upon Jewish monuments and issues of access to Jewish archival records. For more information contact the organizers -- Cercle de Genealogie Juive, 14, rue Saint-Lazare -- 75009 Paris, France tel. 01 40 23 04 90, or consult the 4 page insert in the winter 1996 issue of Avotaynu (XII:4).

THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MISGAV YERUSHALAYIM, THE CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY OF SEPHARDI AND ORIENTAL JEWISH HERITAGE, JERUSALEM, JULY 20-25, 1997. The theme is Eretz Yisrael and the State of Israel as Perceived by Sephardi and Oriental Jews Historical and Cultural Perspectives. For more information: tel. (972-2) 883962 / fax (977-2) 5883687.

1997 GOMBINER GATHERING, FORT LEE, NEW JERSEY, AUGUST 17, 1997. Annual gathering of descendants of Jewish community of Gombin, Poland. This year plans for the restoration of the cemetery will be discussed. For more information contact Mindy Prosperi, tel. (914) 928-8211.

THE GAON OF VILNA: ELIJAHU BEN SCHLOMO ZALMAN. A BICENTENARY COMMEMORATION OF THE DEATH OF ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED TALMUDIC SCHOLARS OF ALL TIME. VILNIUS, LITHUANIA, SEPTEMBER 10-15, 1997. Buried in Vilnius, the Gaon's gravesite is sacred to Jews throughout the world. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death, the Lithuanian Jewish Community is organizing a full program of commemorative events. Approximately 60 speakers from ten countries will be attending the scientific conference. The commemorative program is organized under the patronage of: Mr. Federico Mayor, Director General, UNESCO. The Honorary Committee is composed of: Rabbi Andrew Baker, American Jewish Committee; H.E. Oded Ben-Hur, Israeli Ambassador to the Baltic countries; Mr. Serge Cwajgenbaum, European Jewish Congress; Prof. David Fishman (USA); Rabbi Prof. Arthur Hertzberg (USA); Mr. Nicholas Lane, American Jewish Committee; Mr. Dan Mariaschin, B'nai B'rith International; Mr. Michael May, European Council of Jewish Committees; Mr. George Rohr (USA). For further information on the Program, please contact the Lithuanian Jewish Community, Dr. I. Lempertas, Programme coordinator, Pylimo g. 4, Vilnius 2001 Lithuania fax: 370 2 227915 E-mail:

DEDICATION OF CEMETERY MONUMENT AT WYSZKOW, POLAND, SEPT. 14, 1997. For more information contact the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, 1101 15th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20005.

THIRD ANNUAL HISTORY OF THE CATSKILLS CONFERENCE, WOODRIDGE, NEW YORK AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 1, 1997. Presented by the Catskills Institute the conference will address several themes in the history., culture and architecture of the Jewish resort communities of New York State’s Catskill Mountains. Speakers include writer Vivian Gornick , "The Culture of the Catskills"; social historian Jenna Weissman Joselit, "Summer Resort Judaism and the Relaxation of Ritual"; Prof. Shalom Goldman (Emory University), "Isaac Bashevis Singer in the Catskills: A Literary and Personal Turning Point"; and many others. For more information consult: or contact, Dr. Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology, Brown University, Box 1916, Providence RI 02912, tel. (401) 863-2633 or fax (401) 863-3213

THE HOLY LAND IN WORD AND IMAGE FROM LATE ANTIQUITY THROUGH THE CRUSADES, TORONTO, CANADA, OCTOBER 25, 1997. Many lands are considered holy in one context or another, but a small patch of western Asia was holy to three major religions throughout the Middle Ages. This conference brings together scholars concerned with how Jews, Christians and Muslims perceived, represented, and experienced the Holy Land. For more information contact Chair, Centre for Medieval Studies 1997 Conference, 39 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C3, Canada or e-mail to:

THE JEWS IN GALICIA, CRACOW, POLAND, MAY 30-JUNE 1, 1998. Contact AAPJS, 1583 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 547-7701.

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