EUPJ Webinar: Jewish Heritage Hard Talk

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Throughout Europe, Jewish monuments are endangered. Synagogues are abandoned. Cemeteries are overgrown. In many cases, local Jewish communities are too small to keep these heritage sites alive.

Nonetheless, there is hope. Jewish communities have been revived in post-Communist countries and Jewish heritage sites are the focus of restoration, study, tourism and, once again, worship.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with three Jewish heritage activists who will discuss and debate the realities of Jewish monuments and heritage sites in Europe – from their destruction during and after the Shoah and the ‘Jewish archaeology’ of their documentation and rediscovery to the multiple challenges and strategies for their preservation and future use for religious purposes, education, tourism, culture, commemoration, and more.

The catalyst for the conversation is a set of strategic guidelines issued by Sally Berkovic, the CEO of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. Called “10 (other) Commandments – for the Care of Jewish Heritage.” They provide a framework to look back at what has happened, assess the current situation, and focus on the future.

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