Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage

04:24 Marla Raucher Osborn: Impact of Jewish Genealogists
21:17 Cologne Jewish quarter excavations
42:01 Ilya Lensky (Latvia) – Developments with the restoration of the synagogue building in Kuldiga and the Green synagogue in Rezekne
63:26 Marcus Roberts (UK) – J-trails
80:02 Annie Sacerdoti: Whither the European Day of Jewish Culture

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Marla Raucher Osborn: “From April 23-25, 2013, I attended a conference at the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, Poland on Jewish heritage management. The conference was a follow up to an earlier seminar on Jewish heritage management in Bratislava, Slovakia in March 2009 by Jewish community representatives and experts from a dozen countries.

This year’s conference had approximately 90 participants from 20 different countries. The focus was on Jewish preservation projects, challenges, and strategic thinking, and also on how to unite « experts » in these fields with Jewish descendants groups who which to pursue, or who have, on-going preservation projects but lack the know-how, contacts, and funding to proceed and/or fulfill their goals. […] I am a « hybrid » – a « cross-over » – individual: a passionate genealogist AND preservationist.. I am not an expert on Jewish heritage preservation but I am an advocate for its place in the world of Jewish genealogy. I also know firsthand the discouragement that can set in when an individual or a group feels overwhelmed by projects too large, too expensive, and too far away to even start, let alone manage and see to completion.

All of us in the Rohatyn Shtetl Research are intimately familiar with these feelings.

Our group – the Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group (“RSRG”) – has numerous on-going Jewish heritage projects in Rohatyn, as you know, including a Jewish headstone recovery project which has grown in size and complexity over the last few years. The practical issues and financial considerations faced by us are typical of other Jewish descendants groups who seek to memorialize their town’s pre-War Jewish population and perhaps contemplate someday acquiring surviving buildings of former Jewish significance.

I strongly believe that the RSRG Jewish headstone recovery project could not have been possible without the support of the local (non- Jewish) Ukrainian community of Rohatyn of today. This issue – the involvement and support of the present-day community in the recovery and maintenance of Jewish heritage – was a recurrent theme among the presenters at this year’s conference. […]”

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  1. Marla Raucher Osborn

    I am proud to announce that the Rohatyn Matzevot Memorial Project is now an official project under the auspices of Gesher Galicia, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Donations by US residents are therefore tax deductible. In addition, there is now also a Rohatyn Jewish Heritage website which provides background information on projects being performed to preserve Jewish heritage items and sites in Rohatyn. These include the Rohatyn Tombstone Recovery Project and the Rohatyn Matzevot Memorial Project. The site also provides the details and a link to make donations by either check, credit card, or PayPal:

    https://sites.google.com/site/rohatynjh/rmmp

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