Judaism

Roman-era synagogue found near Sea of Galilee

The remains of a late Roman-Byzantine-era synagogue have been discovered in the Arbel National Park near the Sea of Galilee. The building is thought to date from the 2nd to 4th century C.E.

"History of Holidays" on the History Channel website

The History Channel has created a website with interactive links covering the history of all the major holidays on the calendar.

15th century gravesites disrupt plans for Czech parking lot

Plans to build a parking lot in Pilsen, Czech Republic, have changed after the discovery of children's graves, part of a 15th century Jewish cemetery.

Rabbi Menachem and the lost Torahs

Christian Science Monitor correspondent Cathryn J. Prince paints document restoration expert Rabbi Menachem Youlus as a latter-day Indiana Jones in her May 16, 2007 report. Rabbi Menachem travels the world to find and restore sacred but damaged Torahs.

Tomb of King Herod found

For several decades, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer has been looking for the tomb of King Herod. Now he believes he has found it at Herodium, a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert.

Sacred books on display in London

Visit Sacred: Discover what we share, an exhibit of sacred texts, is on display at the Pearson Gallery of the British Library. The exhibit runs through September 23, 2007. (Digital books online)

The Prato Haggadah: An Illuminated Medieval Manuscript in the Making

March 6 - April 22, 2007 the Las Vegas Art Museum and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will present The Prato Haggadah: An Illuminated Medieval Manuscript in the Making, with a lecture by David Kraemer on March 15, 5:30 P.M.

Medieval Purim

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Come celebrate Purim with the good gentles of the Barony March of the Debatable Lands on Sunday, March 4 at the Branstetter-McCandless Castle, 755 Stonegate Road, Wexford PA, 15090. The site will open at noon and close at 8pm. There will be an all-day side-board of Jewish foods cooked by Mistress She'erah bat Shlomo from several cuisines (meal will be meat, non-dairy, and vegetarian-friendly). The site is wet. Location:
Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh Pennsylvania)

Ma'ale Giborim celebrates "8th Night"

Lord Yehoshua ben Hayyim haLevi, founding seneschal of the Shire of Ma'ale Giborim in Israel, reports that the shire just held an event to honor Shushan Channuka, or 8th Night.

Jewish History Becomes High Priority in Spain

Over five centuries after expelling the Jews from their country, the Spanish have developed an interest in Judaica, especially through archaeology or the restoration of period documents.

Jews in the Court of Tudor England?

Roger Prior, a Shakespearean scholar, is convinced that many of the musicians of the Tudor Court, including the Bard's own "Dark Lady," may have been Separdic Jews.

Shopping Center May Hide Rare 15th Century Jewish Cemetery

Archaeologists working on the site of a shopping center in Pizen, Bohemia are seeking a rare, Jewish cemetery dating to the 15th century. Researchers know that Jewish graves tend to be well-preserved and expect them to yield valuable information on the life of the community.

Happy New Year 5787!

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, last week brought us into Anno Mundi (Year of the World) 5787. But Jews have only figured the calendar from the Creation since the 9th century C.E.

Fiber Arts Festival in Israel

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"Chag HaGez" in Maale Levona*
Monday, June 26, 2006
30 Sivan 5766

Starting at 16:00

Program:

  • Sheep Shearing
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Dying
  • Children's Activities
  • Pony Rides
  • Refreshments for sale
  • Arts and Crafts for sale

Special concert by Shlomo Shavit

A bus will be leaving from Jerusalem at 15:00 (fee for the bus and happening is 20NIS p/p or 100 NIS per family) Location:
Maale Levona, Israel

Today in the Middle Ages: June 9, 1365

King Pedro of Castile, called "the Cruel," was excommunicated by the Pope on June 9, 1365 for his treatment of the clergy.

Valuable Jewish and Arabic Documents to be Preserved

Cambridge University has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds to conserve and digitize its Genizah Collection of medieval Arabic and Jewish documents.

Roman Mosaics Depict Jewish Life

An exhibit of Roman floor mosaics at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York gives insight into Jewish life around the Mediterranean in the late Roman period. Depicting scenes and symbols from Judaism, some mosaics also included Latin inscriptions.

New exhibit on the history of the Bible

"Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible" will be on display at the Florida International Museum through May 14, 2006.

Portuguese Priest Solves Mystery of Porto's Jews

A medieval ark hidden behind a false wall tells the tale of a secret 16th century synagogue concealed by the city's persecuted Jews.

Hanukkah

Welcome one and all to Eskalya's first ever Hanukkah event being held on January 7th! Come light the menorah and give cheer during this festival of lights.

Southwest Hispanics Find Link to Sephardic Jews

New DNA evidence has produced some surprising links between Hispanics living the America's Southwest and Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition 400 years ago.

Synagogue Mosaics to be Exhibited

The Brooklyn Museum will present an exhibition of 21 Roman mosaics from an ancient synagogue when it hosts Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire.

New Book Looks at Melting Pot of the Middle East

In a review for the New York Times, Robert D. Kaplan looks at Columbia University professor Mark Mazower's new book Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950.

Haaretz: Acre Burial Site Proves to be Roman

A burial site near Acre, once believed to have been a Jewish cemetery, has turned out to be Roman.

New Sections of 5th Century Synagogue Unearthed in Albania

Archaeologists working on the excavation of a 5th or 6th century synagogue near the coastal city of Saranda have uncovered impressive new structures.

Studying the Kingdom of Jerusalem

This week Dame Aoife shares links dealing with the history and social customs of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.