The Challenge

Sites of Jewish heritage are repositories of Jewish life, art and customs with many unique and beautifully constructed buildings displaying real architectural and artistic achievement.

For the Jewish people with traditions built on memory, such places give meaning to the Jewish present and future, strengthening awareness and connection.  They are also testimony to the remarkable Jewish contribution to world civilization; powerful visual tools for education on Judaism, Jewish history and culture promoting understanding, respect and dialogue, impacting on the moral direction of society as a whole.

However, the Jewish people no longer 'live where they had lived'.  The story of the 20th century is one of transitions, including massive, and often tragic, population loss and displacement.  Without a community of users, a vast and ancient Jewish cultural heritage has been under attack in many parts of the world through neglect, natural forces, and human actions – and today is in crisis.