New Video — New Realities of Jewish Heritage

Back in July I was the focus of “New Realities of Jewish Heritage in Europe,” an online program of the National Library of Israel.  It was pegged to the 10th anniversary this year of the Jewish Heritage Europe web site. I was interviewed by my brother, the architectural historian Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, the president of the International Survey of Jewish Monuments — he had also taken part in the New Realities of Jewish Heritage conference in Krakow, June 26-27, that also marked the JHE anniversary. (Click here and here to see the recorded live stream of the conference.)

In our hour-long conversation, we discussed the origin and development of JHE, and, looking back on our more than 30 years’ involvement in the field, we explored a range of issues regarding Jewish heritage sites and monuments in general — from their destruction during and after the Holocaust to the “Jewish archaeology” of their documentation and rediscovery; to the multiple challenges and strategies for their preservation and future use: for religious purposes, education, tourism, culture, commemoration, and more.

Watch the video of the conversation here:

Zoom , Zoom, Zoom

During the pandemic, I’ve been taking part in a number of online Zoom webinars, lectures, discussions, and round-table projects.

Here’s the most recent:

“Synagogues: The State of Preservation and Future Prospects – possible approaches and challenges in heritage protection” — December 7th 2021

A conversation with me;  architect, artist and designer, Natalia Romik; the director of the Okopowa Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, Witold Wrzosiński; and the CEO of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, Piotr Puchta. This webinar was part of the Virtual Connections to Material Jewish Heritage in Poland project of FODZ (Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland) which features virtual tours of historic synagogues and other sites.

Here’s an example of the “Jewish Heritage Hard Talk” project I’ve been involved in, with Helise Lieberman of the Taube Foundation, and Victor Sorenssen of the AEPJ.

It’s a round-table discussion among the three of us, and always a fourth person (different each time) about Jewish heritage strategy, pegged to the provocative article “10 Commandments for the Care of Jewish Heritage by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe CEO Sally Berkovic.

We’ve done a number of Hard Talks, hosted by different platforms and organizations, with different guests.   This one took place in June 2021, hosted by the AEPJ — the guest was Jeremy Leigh, who teaches Israel Studies and Modern Jewish History at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religions in Jerusalem.