News and Events

After almost three decades of research and training activities in Poland, Meir Shilo, the director of Yad le-Zahava  Institute for research and documentation of the Holocaust, presents an impressive project which documents and commemorates Jewish life in the villages and small towns of Western Galicia.

Shlomo (Berghoffer) Beker (1915-1993) was born in Vienna to a family of First World War refugees from Buczacz. He had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His father worked as a mechanic. In 1921 the family moved back to Buzhacz: where he studied, became a barber and married at a young age. In 1938 Shlomo enlisted in the Polish army and served near Stanislawow.

Aincent Jewish cemetery of Busk was fully documented by the JGB expedition in August 2019. The most sensational finding is more than a dozen gravestones from the period between the late 15th century and the early 17th century: large stone tombs with impressive rabbinic phraseology that were unknown to researchers.

New gallery of unique ancient headstones revealed at the Jewish cemeteries of Pidhaitsi, Busk and Kalush.

New series of short lectures on the history of Galicia and "Galicianer" Jews

We are happy to announce that we have completed the documentation of a large Jewish cemetery in Pidhaitsi.

The 11th documentation expedition of the JGB Organization finished its work in two towns of great importance to the history of Galicia: Kalush and Busk. Both towns had old and developed Jewish communities which influenced Jewish life in the whole region. In both of them Jewish cemeteries had survived to tell the centuries long stories of the lives of their communities and their tragic endings during the Holocaust.

The Ludmer International Project on the Jewish Heritage of Galicia and Bukovina (University of Haifa) and the Jewish Galicia and Bukovina Organization launched a new scholarship.

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book about Galician artists: a collection of essays presented at the international conference, which was held in Lviv in November 2012 and supported by JGB.

This important work was organized and accomplished by JGB staff and Israeli young volunteers (most of them - students of Herzog College) during two seasonal expeditions in 2017 and 2018.

 All the survived gravestones at the cemetery (more then 2,000!) were mapped, cleaned, documented and photographed, and they can be seen now on the site: