Our Projects

Historic Synagogues of Europe

The Foundation commissioned research, undertaken by the Center for Jewish Art of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to create an inventory of the historic synagogues across the whole of Europe, categorising each synagogue building according to its (i) significance and (ii) condition.

The research identified over 3,300 sites, of which under a quarter are today functioning synagogues. 

This mapping was undertaken to ensure the Foundation can be comprehensive and strategic in its approach to its preservation agenda, able to identify which are today the most important synagogue sites most at risk, and it is now working to help save a prioritised number.  

The Historic Synagogues of Europe website can be found via the link:
Historic Synagogues of Europe

Jewish Heritage of Iraq and Syria

The Jewish life that once existed in Iraq and Syria represented the most ancient diaspora communities going back 2,600 years to the Biblical era – and the most historically significant.

At the turn of the 20th century, one third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish and the community played an important role within wider society.  Sadly these communities have all but disappeared, yet a remarkable physical heritage remains.

Given the very urgent situation in the region due to the current conflict, the Foundation has partnered with the American Schools of Oriental Research to map the Jewish heritage of Iraq and Syria, assess its current state, and explore the possibility of post-conflict preservation of the most important sites.

Conference on Urban Jewish Heritage

The Conference ‘Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence’ will consider the cities and towns of Europe that have Jewish heritage as a part of their cultural offer, in order to discuss models, best practice, issues and challenges. The event is officially part of European Union’s European Year of Cultural Heritage and is being held in Krakow Poland this September. The Foundation is arranging the Conference in partnership with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and in association with the City of Krakow and the Villa Decius Association, Creative Europe, Future for Religious Heritage and The European Association for the Promotion of Jewish Culture.

The Conference website can be found via the link below:

Featured Sites

Great Synagogue of Slonim

The Great Synagogue of Slonim is a baroque structure that has overlooked the Slonim town marketplace since 1642, and it remains the best preserved synagogue in Belarus despite decades of neglect. The project to save the synagogue has attracted interest locally and internationally and the Foundation has provided funding to assist the Slonim Municipality in conducting a structural survey as a first step towards the eventual restoration of the building.

Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue

The former Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue is a 19th century Grade II listed stone structure designed in Gothic Revival style, the oldest purpose-built synagogue still standing in Wales, considered architecturally one of the most important synagogues in the UK.

The building has recently been put on the market and the Foundation has proposed creating a ‘Welsh Jewish Heritage Centre’ which has been well received by the Merthyr Municipality, and the Jewish and heritage communities in Wales. A Feasibility Study is now underway.