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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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first national conference of non-Jewish Poles, who care for Jewish heritage sites in Poland, has just taken place.

Strength of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

In mid-December, I traveled to Eretz Yisroel with my wife, Chanie, for a twofold purpose. Firstly, I wanted to visit my two children who are learning in yeshivos there. Secondly, in light of the fact that I had assumed the position of executive director of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, I wanted to solicit as many brochos from gedolim as possible, and to pray at kivrei tzaddikim (graves of righteous people).

Restoration Of Poznan Cemetery

A few weeks ago I wrote about the ceremony in Poznan, rededicating the Jewish cemetery, in which the famous Rabbi Akiva Eiger is interred.

Lodz

Of all the formerly large Jewish communities in Poland, Lodz is one of the best organized today.

Restoration Of Poznan Cemetery

During my trip to Poland last year, I witnessed the restoration project underway in the city of Poznan.

Preserving Jewish Cemeteries In Poland

Every spring and summer, there is renewed activity throughout Poland regarding the preservation of Jewish cemeteries.

Chanukah In Poland

Last week, we celebrated Chanukah, commemorating the repossession of the Beit HaMikdash from the hands of the mighty Greek Army.

Exploring Jewish Roots In Poland

Before my most recent trip to Poland I gave my readers a chance to hire me to find the town of their origin in Poland.

Visiting The Graves Of Tzaddikim

For the past few weeks I have been describing my trip through Poland to different graves of Polish tzaddikim of the past.

Rymanow

In a recent column on the cemetery of Krakow one of the pictures was mislabeled as the grave of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Riminov (Rymanow).

The Krakow Bet HaChaim

During my recent trip to Poland I visited many cemeteries where great tzaddikim are buried.

Old Cemetery In Lodz Exposed

         It is said that Poland is one large Jewish cemetery. While that is not 100 percent true, anytime people dig in Poland, they...

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