On June 22, 2009 a tablet commemorating the former Scheinbach Synagogue building (today the town library) will be unveiled in Przemysl. The ceremony will take place at the former synagogue at 15 Slowackiego St. It is anticipated that there will be hundreds of guests from Poland and abroad. The tablet is a joint initiative of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland and Mr. Michael Freund of Ra’anana in Israel.
On June 6, 2009, pieces of matzevot found in the gate of a tenement house on Pilsudskiego 14 St. in Siedlce were transported to the local Jewish cemetery. During the World War II the Germans used the matzevot from local Jewish cemeteries to pave the town’s main road.
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland provided a transport and a supervision of the tombstone fragments return to the cemetery. The work was accomplished with the cooperation of the Town Office, Municipal Police and the students and teachers of Podlaska Academy who in 2008 carried cleaned the cemetery ground.
A group, led by “Rainbow” Association of Homeless and Unemployed People in Leczna, in cooperation with Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, is cleaning the Jewish cemetery.
One of the Chumashim found in Bilgoraj
Recently 25 tombstones and fragments were found in the city of Bilgoraj. The Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj had recently been in the news when a large section that had not been enclosed by a fence had been disturbed during a construction project. The construction had been stopped due to the protests of the Israeli-and-American-based survivor/descendent groups. Along with the matzevot a number of Chumashim and other Jewish books had been found. They were taken to the cemetery grounds and buried with all due respect.
On June 4, 2009, a group of American Jewish students visited Lublin. Their plans included a visit at the Jewish cemetery, sightseeing at the Old Town and a meeting with the students of local Zofia Nalkowska High School No.7. After the meeting the students walked together to Majdanek. The meeting was organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland within the framework of the “To Bring Memory Back” educational program.
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland assumed honorary patronage of “Zachor” Festival of Jewish Culture, which will take place in Bialystok from June 14-16, 2009. The festival is being organized by Poland-Israel Center for Citizenship Education in Bialystok and Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw.
From May 27-30, 2009 the second Jewish Culture Days took place in Radom, organized by the students of the Col. Dionizy Czachowski 3rd High School. The program included lectures, concerts, workshops, movie shows and exhibitions. Third High School is a member of the “To Bring Memory Back” educational program led by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland issued a protest letter to the President of Reszow due to the localization of an amusement park at the grounds of former Jewish cemetery near the synagogue in Reszow. The park was installed on a parking lot, built on the grounds of the non-existing cemetery, for the coming weekend by the organizers of the Carpathia Festival.
Restoration works are underway at the Jewish cemetery in Zuromin (Mazowiecie Province). Within its framework the cemetery will be fenced and cleaned up and a gate will also be built. A rededication ceremony will take place on July 15, 2009. This project is being realized by the Zuromin Jews Landsmanschaft from the USA and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
The police identified the culprits who vandalized the Jewish cemetery in Chrzanow in March 2009. Three local middle school students damaged about 60 matzevot. Total repair cost is estimated in dozens of thousands of zlotys. The youths are now facing charges against family court.