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Newsletter : : March 2021
a summary of JHE news, views, and insights

Pesach is here, and we celebrate freedom, but once again, alas, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, for many it will have to be a long-distance celebration.

In the northern hemisphere, Spring is coming on, and we celebrate above with an image of Springlike flowers on the ark of the synagogue in Cherasco, Italy -- and also with the colorful label from a Passover liquor from a pre-Holocaust distillery in Luboml, now Ukraine.
Despite the pandemic, Jewish heritage work continues apace. Our news this past month ranged from synagogue and Jewish cemetery work to new publications, to opportunities for grants -- and more.
JAN JAGIELSKI Z"L: There was sad news too. We mourn the loss of Jan Jagielski, a pioneer of Jewish heritage documentation in Poland, and a mentor and inspiration to generations of researchers, who died in Warsaw on February 17, aged 83. His memory is truly a blessing!

Read our tribute to this remarkable man
HAVE YOUR SAY:  In our new Have Your Say personal essay, the photographer Jono David, who has compiled what is probably the most extensive  database of images of contemporary Jewish heritage worldwide, writes about his "Never-ending Jewish Photo Tour"  -- and his new book,  "The Jews of Africa: Lost Tribes, Found Communities, Emerging Faiths

MORE BOOKS: We also published news about three new, and very different, books about synagogues published in Italy, Croatia, and France, and a new online book about Jewish cemeteries and sustainable tourism
Focus on Synagogues
Synagogue developments were -- as always -- a main areas of focus. We featured news about synagogue restoration plans and projects in several countries, and we also reported on damage and threats to some buildings.
BELARUS: Two former synagogues (both long transformed for other us) are up for auction. The starting price for one is €37. 
...Read the article
UK: London's Bevis Marks synagogue received a nearly £500,000 Heritage Fund grant to kickstart renovations sidelined by the pandemic  ...Read the article
GERMANY: The half-timbered former synagogue in Telgte will undergo restoration thanks to a grant
...Read the article
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: The city of Zenica returns the former synagogue to the use of the Jewish community 
Read the article
ITALY: Restoration of the massive dome of the monumental synagogue in Trieste is completed ...Read the article
UK: Major redevelopment of Grade II listed synagogue in Leicester is completed
...Read the article
LITHUANIA: Emergency measures have been taken to protect the ruined Great Synagogue in Kalvarija 
Read the article
ITALY: The restoration of a rare, 400-year-old Baroque wooden Aron haKodesh has been completed. It will be displayed in the synagogue in Vercelli. It's the latest Jewish heritage project coordinated by the community

...Read the article
UKRAINE: After further damage, activists seek to form a working group to save the ruined synagogue in Brody
...Read the article
LITHUANIA: A third former synagogue in Kedainiai is undergoing restoration.
Read the article
Jewish Cemetery News
FRANCE:  In 2020, the Heritage Department of the Consistoire of Bas-Rhin carried out wide-ranging restoration or preservation work on 15 Jewish cemeteries as well as four synagogues

... Read the article
POLAND: A stunning new Holocaust memorial outside the Jewish cemetery in Gorlice is shaped like a Star of David and incorporates rescued matzevot and translations of epitaphs 

Read the article
POLAND: Warsaw's Okopowa Jewish cemetery is only Jewish site to obtain state funding in restoration funding competition.   ...Read the article
POLAND: A unique collection of more than 65,000 burial cards from the Łódź Jewish cemetery will be digitized & uploaded online ...Read the article
CALL FOR  APPLICATIONS:  European Commission Project: Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe -- fostering stakeholders’ involvement and awareness raising

...Click to find details
GRANT: Sefer Center International Grant on the History and Culture of Russian Jewry

Click to find details

COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS:  Centropa/ESJF Storytelling Competition - call for creative projects telling the story of their local Jewish cemetery 

...Click to find details
GRANT: Grant for Research in the Field of History and Culture of the Jews in Russia (before Peter the Great) from the Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center

Click to find details
UPCOMING ONLINE CONFERENCE OF NOTE: Synagogue architecture in Sweden & other Nordic countries: April 19 
...Click to see details
GRANTS: Applications are open for the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe Spring 2021 Grant Round  

Click here to find details
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JEWISH HERITAGE EUROPE, a project of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, is an expanding web portal to news, information and resources concerning Jewish monuments and heritage sites all over Europe.

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JHE's Director is Ruth Ellen Gruber, an award-winning writer who has worked on Jewish heritage for three decades. 

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