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  • Museum Housing Sarajevo Haggadah is Closing

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    October 3, 2012 | 3:38 am

    The Bosnia-Herzegonia National Museum in Sarajevo, where the priceless Sarajevo Haggadah is kept, is being forced to close for lack of funds -- the latest in a number of major cultural institutions in Sarajevo forced to shut their doors due to political wrangling and the central... read on

  • Shana Tova!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    October 2, 2012 | 7:40 am

    With still a week to come in the autumn holiday season, I'd like to take the opportunity to wish all my readers a sweet, satisfying and stimulating new year -- and beyond!

    I've taken a break from posting this past month or so, but I look forward to getting back into the swing of... read on

  • Candlesticks on Stone

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 28, 2012 | 1:51 am

    In my last post I took note of the candlesticks motif that is often used to mark the gravestones of Jewish women—it is very widespread in parts of Eastern Europe but also found elsewhere.

    I have an ongoing project about the Candlesticks motif, which I have been working on for... read on

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  • Journeying to a Jewish Cemetery in Ukrainian Transcarpathia

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 26, 2012 | 8:04 am

    The elegant and informative riowang blog runs a very nice, and poetic, post—with lots of photos—about the Jewish cemetery in Tekovo/Tekehaza in Ukrainian Transcarpathia.

    I have linked in the past to the very detailed and richly illustrated riowang posts about the Jewish cemetery... read on

  • U.S. Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal Visits Family Heritage Sites in Poland

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 25, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Hannah Rosenthal, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism took time out on a trip to Poland and Germany this month to honor her ancestors at sites of her own family history.

    Rosenthal’s family came from what is now Bytom, Poland. All were murdered at Auschwitz... read on

  • Lost Jewish Cities Found and Put Back on the Map

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 24, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    I’m already posted on this blog about the new ITunes app called Oshpitzin that uses smart phone technology to teach and tour pre-WW2 Jewish Oswiecim—the town where Auschwitz was built—which before the Holocaust was a majority Jewish town.

    In this JTA story I write about how this... read on

  • Jewish Cooking School in Venice

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 23, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    The Jewish Community of Venice is setting up a Jewish cooking school. It doesn’t seem to be operating yet, but organizers promise more information soon.

    According to an announcement, its goal is to “document and revive ancient traditions, everyday dishes and menus for the... read on

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The award-winning American writer Ruth Ellen Gruber has chronicled contemporary Jewish developments in Europe for more than two decades. As the author of National Geographic...

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