Jewish Heritage Europe Reports on Azores Synagogue and Archives Dedication and Lithuania Maceva Report #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Jewish Heritage Europe reported on two items that might be of interest to you:

1. Synagogue in Azores Restored and Rededicated as Jewish Museum and Archives

Shaar Hashomayum Synagogue in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal was been rededicated
on April 23 and renovated and will serve as a museum and archive devoted to Jewish
history of the Azores.

The synagogue was last used in in the 1950's. The Lisbon Jewish Community donated
the synagogue to Ponta Delgado City Hall on a 99-year concession in exchange for
guarantees that it would be restored.

Ponta Delgada, on the island of San Miguel, is the capital of the Azores.There were
once five synagogues in the city, but Shaar Hashomayum Synagogue,is the only
one that remains. It was built around 1820 and consecrated in 1836 - the oldest
synagogue in Portugal built after the Inquisition.

To read more about this in Jewish Heritage Europe see:
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and more background is available at:

2.Maceva Litvak Cemetery releases 2014 annual report
Maceva Litvak Cemetery catalogue annual report on 2014 activities is available.
The report notes their activities in digitizing Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania
and its plans for 2015. To read the report go to:
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To read the Jewish Heritage Europe article go to:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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