News and Events

JGB in cooperation with the Ad Hena Center has launched a new academic multidisciplinary program at the Herzog College, , which provides a broad and in-depth training program for the study of the Jewish heritage of Galicia and Bukovina from the sixteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century.

The Research Project on Galician and Bukovinian Jewry (University of Haifa) with the support of the Jewish Galicia and Bukovina Organization launched a new program of scholarships and excellence prizes .

The organization’s annual expedition completed documentation of the Jewish cemetery in Buczacz this year. It could be said that the central theme of this year’s field work was the legacy of S.Y Agnon. Members of his family, as well as many of his friends, acquaintances, and heroes of his works, are buried in the cemetery. We cleaned and documented the tombstone of his father – Shalom Mordechai Czaczkes, and discovered the tombstone of his mother, Ester.

In the village of Chornohuzy next to Vizhnitsa there is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Bukovina – a cemetery where the Jewish residents of Vizhnitsa (Wiznitz) used to bury their dead from the 1860-s….

At the Jewish cemetery in Buczacz, the gravestone of Esther Czaczkes (Farb) - the mother of Shay (Shmuel Yosef) Agnon was discovered. The exciting discovery was made as part of the research and documentation project of the JGB organization by the annual expedition staff that worked this summer (August 2018) in Buczacz.

Kuty, a town situated on the border between Galicia and Bukovina, was a relatively small town, numbering a general population of about 6,740 at its peak, around 1910. About half of this number were Jews. However, the community of Kuty earned a reputation far beyond its modest size due to famous personages who originated from there...

In the aim of widening the circle of students and non-academic audiences interested in Jewish history in Galicia and Bukovina, we are in the process of creating a series of online courses available for people all over the world.

The first online course titled "Jews of Galicia: A History" is given by Prof. Joshua Shanes (College of Charleston, USA)/ It was made in collaboration with The Research Project on Galician and Bukovinian Jewry at Haifa university.

The course surveys the establishment, flourishing and destruction of this once vital community by examining its social, economic, political, religious and cultural history from the eighteenth century – the time of the province's creation – to the Holocaust.

During the past summer, we returned to Galicia, to the Tarnopol region. The 8th annual delegation of the JGB Organization began the work of documenting the ancient Jewish cemetery in Buczacz, S.Y. Agnon’s home town. This cemetery holds a special place in those of Agnon’s works devoted to his home town. It symbolizes the continuity of generations in the city and is an important component in the special Jewish space in which the plots of his many stories take place.

At the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies that took place in Jerusalem in August this year our organization’s activities were presented in two special sessions:

New project recently completed by the JGB Organization presents to the public a unique archival material concerning the Stanisławów Jewry before the World War II.