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26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
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Where Flowers Bloom Red From Jewish Blood

11 Heshvan 5772 – November 8, 2011
The place that holds the record for murders in a day – even over such ghastly places as Auschwitz and Treblinka – is Babi Yar. A ravine on the outskirts of Kiev, it is today incorporated within the urban, inhabited sector of the Ukrainian capital. The events described here took place seventy years ago, in 1941, on Rosh Hashanah.

The Portuguese-Jewish Cemetery In Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

1 Tevet 5771 – December 8, 2010
There is something profound and soothing in the ancient Jewish practice of using the euphemism beit chaim, "house of life," to refer to a cemetery. It is as if the rabbis did not even want to coin the phrase beit mavet, "house of death," for fear of inviting the evil eye.

Paper Clips And Cemetery Stones

7 Tishri 5771 – September 15, 2010
Small things make a difference. For example, as an old folk tale has it, a pebble in your shoe can cause more pain than a rock in your pocket.

A Visit To My Father’s Kever

5 Sivan 5770 – May 18, 2010
I recently returned from a visit to Eretz Yisrael, where I go yearly for my father's yahrzeit. As always, my husband, and my sister and her family accompanied me. On the way to the cemetery, we were fortunate to hail a taxi driver who spoke fluent English. He had made aliyah many years before from East Flatbush, where my husband and I lived.

Po-Lin

8 Av 5769 – July 29, 2009
Dynow         Cleaning works are underway on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery in Dynow. The works are being carried out by the members of...

News From Poland

18 Sivan 5769 – June 10, 2009
Przemysl               On June 22, 2009 a tablet commemorating the former Scheinbach Synagogue building (today the town library) will be unveiled in Przemysl. The ceremony...

Ostroleka Jewish Cemetery Exposed During Roadwork

4 Sivan 5769 – May 27, 2009
The Jewish community in Ostroleka Poland was first established in the 17th century and like all other communities in Poland saw good times and bad. At the beginning of the 20th century the community numbered 6,219. During WWI the Russian Army destroyed the town while retreating and many Jews left for other cities, especially Warsaw. But after the war, Jews returned to Ostrolekaand by 1921 they numbered 3,352, more then a third of the total population.

Ostroleka Jewish Cemetery Exposed During Roadwork

The Jewish community in Ostroleka Poland was first established in the 17th century and like all other communities in Poland saw good times and bad. At the beginning of the 20th century the community numbered 6,219. During WWI the Russian Army destroyed the town while retreating and many Jews left for other cities, especially Warsaw. But after the war, Jews returned to Ostrolekaand by 1921 they numbered 3,352, more then a third of the total population.

Po-Lin

7 Nisan 5769 – April 1, 2009
Purim in Tarnow        On March 9, 2009, the first Purim celebrations in many years took place in Tarnow. The program included the reading of...

Brzostek Rediscovers Its Jewish Past

8 Adar 5769 – March 4, 2009
The mayor of Brzostek, a Galician shtetl to the east of Tarnow and not far from Pilzno, has recently agreed to restore the memory of the Jews to his town. The Jewish cemetery is to be fenced and a monument erected there, and an additional plaque in memory of the Jews who used to live there is to be unveiled in the town center. The plaque will be unveiled and the cemetery rededicated in a ceremony to take place on Sunday June 14, 2009.

Cemetery Cleanup In Poland

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
Recently I wrote about the partial desecration of the cemetery in Bilgoraj, by a construction company, despite the promises of local officials that no defilement would take place.

Cemetery Cleanup In Poland

Recently I wrote about the partial desecration of the cemetery in Bilgoraj, by a construction company, despite the promises of local officials that no defilement would take place.

Protecting Jewish Cemeteries In Poland And Around The World

14 Heshvan 5769 – November 12, 2008
Last week I wrote about the discovery of human remains beyond the fence of a Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj, Poland, showing that the boundaries of the cemetery went beyond the supposed size of the protected site.

Protecting Jewish Cemeteries In Poland And Around The World

Last week I wrote about the discovery of human remains beyond the fence of a Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj, Poland, showing that the boundaries of the cemetery went beyond the supposed size of the protected site.

Tragedy In Bilgoraj Jewish Cemetery

7 Heshvan 5769 – November 5, 2008
Last week I wrote about the Bilgoraj group that traveled to Poland last year and had a somewhat good experience.

Tragedy In Bilgoraj Jewish Cemetery

Last week I wrote about the Bilgoraj group that traveled to Poland last year and had a somewhat good experience.

Passing The Torch: The Piotrkow Shabbaton

23 Tishri 5769 – October 22, 2008
Last week I wrote how important it is that the second generation of Holocaust survivors begin to take over the work of preserving the memory of Jewish life and culture in the many towns and cities that had been mostly destroyed during the Shoah.

Passing The Torch

16 Tishri 5769 – October 15, 2008
In just a few weeks we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the day that, for many people, marks the beginning of the Shoah.

Conference Of Poles Caring For Jewish Heritage

17 Elul 5768 – September 17, 2008
The first national conference of non-Jewish Poles, who care for Jewish heritage sites in Poland, has just taken place.

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