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.

Conference on Urban Jewish Heritage

The Conference ‘Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence’  considered 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 was officially part of European Union’s European Year of Cultural Heritage and was held in Krakow Poland this September 2018. The Foundation arranged 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:
Conference