|Bimah and reconstructed Ark in the synagogue in Mikulov. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber|
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
Please take a look at the July edition of the monthly newsletter of Jewish Heritage Europe -- the website on Jewish heritage issues that I coordinate as a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.
Access it by clicking here -- and sign up for regular monthly delivery.
This issue has two main "cover stories," plus links to other news from Poland, France, Austria, Hungary and elsewhere.
One cover theme is the launch of new Photo Galleries on JHE -- galleries that readers are encouraged to contribute to.
The other is the inauguration in June of the wonderful Czech 10 Stars project, one of the most ambitious single Jewish heritage projects in Europe, linking 10 synagogues and associated Jewish heritage sites, in 10 towns all over the Czech Republic: in Úštěk, Jičín, and Brandýs nad Labem to the north; Plzeň and Březnice to the west; Nová Cerekev and Polná in the south-central part of the country; and Boskovice, Mikulov and Krnov to the east.
|Synagogue interior, Polná. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber|
Carried out by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, the 10 Stars was financed by an approximately €11 million grant from the EU, with further funding from the Czech Culture Ministry.
I traveled hundreds of kilometers over the past few weeks to visit seven of these sites -- and have posted galleries of pictures from most of them.