Core Activities

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.

Advocacy

Network of Jewish Heritage Cities - the Foundation convened an international consortium to successfully bid for European Union funding to create a network of towns that have significant Jewish heritage.  The network called Moreshet is examining models and tackling issues relating to how Jewish heritage is being addressed across Europe. 

Council of Europe - the Foundation was appointed the expert body to guide a research initiative undertaken by the Council of Europe to examine the state of Jewish heritage in Europe today.  The final Report was passed by the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly. 

The Report can be found via the link below -
Report

European Year of Cultural Heritage - the Conference ‘Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence’ took place in Krakow Poland as part of European Union’s European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.  It considered the issues, challenges - and achievements - in the recognition, preservation, and presentation of Jewish heritage. 

The Conference website can be found via the link below:
Conference