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Historic Synagogues of Europe

The purpose of the research, commisioned by the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of the historic synagogues of Europe. Never before has such a listing been brought together in one location and made publicly available. All synagogues are rated according to two categories: (i) significance and (ii) condition of building fabric.

An article in "The Guardian"
A post in "Jewish Heritage Europe"


A Catalogue of Wall Paintings in Central and East European Synagogues


The Ursula and Kurt Schubert Archives of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts


Synagogues in Ukraine: Volhynia

By Sergey R. Kravtsov and Vladimir Levin
Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center and Center for Jewish Art, 2017.


Interview with Dr. Sergey Kravtsov about the new book, Synagogues in Ukraine: Volhynia (in Ukrainian)


The Center for Jewish Art is happy to announce a cooperative project with the Russian State Library in Moscow. In the framework of the project, the books of the Schneersohn Collection – the library of the fifth and sixth Rebbes of Lubavitch – will be examined for decorations and illustrations.


The Center for Jewish Art is happy to announce a collaborative project with the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Activity Update: Spring 2016 – Spring 2017

Dr. Sergey Kravtsov


Israeli Russian-speaking TV-channel interviews Dr. Sergey Kravtsov (in Russian)


Activity Update
Summer 2015 – Spring 2016


Birobidzhan TV Channel on Center's expedition to Siberia


From Jerusalem to Birobidzhan: Expedition of the Center for Jewish Art to document Jewish heritage in Siberia


The Center for Jewish Art co-organized the Kurt und Ursula Schubert "Festvortrag"
20 January 2016, Palacký Univeristy in Olomouc


The Center for Jewish Art Researchers: Architect Zoya Arshavsky and Dr. Ruth Jacoby

have published a new book
Jewish Building in Samarkand: House of Raphael Abramov
(Ben Zvi Institute, in Hebrew).


Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

Edited by Katrin Keßler & Alexander von Kienlin - Bet Tfila

This volume presents a wide range of articles dealing with the various aspects of Jewish architecture throughout the centuries and its interaction with literature, politics, etc. Scholars from Europe, Israel and America presented their current research on Jewish architecture at the international conference “Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches” at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in April 2014. The conference marked the twentieth anniversary of the fruitful German-Israeli cooperation of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe.

Ruined Maharsha Synagogue in Ostroh, Ukraine, 2011. Photo © Sergey Kravtsov


The Jewish Religious Heritage in Europe

The Great Maharsha Synagogue in Ostroh: Memory and Oblivion. Have we reached the point of no return?

by Dr. Sergey R. Kravtsov

The Jewish Religious Heritage in Europe: Value and Preservation


The Jewish Religious Heritage in Europe

Value and Preservation

by Dr. Sergey R. Kravtsov

Dr. Vladimir Levin


Israeli Russian-speaking TV-channel interviews Dr. Vladimir Levin


A publication by the Center for Jewish Art, Beit Tfila and the Vilnius Academy of Arts

The second volume of the catalogue Synagogues in Lithuania
Editors: Aliza Cohen- Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaite and Jurgita Šiauciūnaitė-Verbickienė (Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2012).


A publication by Sergey R. Kravtsov:
Di Gildene Royze
The Turei Zahav Synagogue in L’viv

Di Gildene Royze, known also as the Turei Zahav or the Nachmanowicz Synagogue, was built in 1582 in L’viv, Ukraine. The book Di Gildene Royze, edited by Aliza Cohen-Mushlin and Harmen H. Thies, tells the story of this place of prayer, a center of communal life, a monument of architecture, and a site of Jewish memory.
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Synagogues in Drohobych, Ukraine

Prof. Aliza Cohen-Mushlin
Prof. Aliza


3 December 2009

"Hebrew U. Prof. to receive award from German President"

Prof. Bezalel Narkiss. Photo by Dan Porges, Photo Schwartz

Prof. Bezalel


"My Path Through Art"

  • The Center for Jewish Art is the world's foremost institution dedicated to the preservation of the Jewish artistic heritage.
  • The Center for Jewish Art's activities include documentation, research, education and publishing.
  • The Center for Jewish Art's major project is "The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art" (former, "The Jerusalem Index of Jewish Art"), an iconographical Jewish art database.


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