Dear friends, year 2015 is coming to its end. Association “Shamir” and Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum spent it actively. We hosted more than 57 000 visitors since opening, organized exhibitions, seminars and concerts, published books, showed our exhibitions in Bremen and Oslo, and opened school of teaching of history of the Holocaust and tolerance. We will be grateful for your support. Association “Shamir” is a charity organization. Each donation makes difference. (More)

Сontest "My family story and me"

 International contest "My family story and me" is over. We've got more than 50 art works, the jury selected 20 pieces for the exhibition in Riga Ghetto museum. The winners will receive their diplomas and presents on the opening of the exhibition on December 15, 2015 at 15:00. The contest was a co-operative project of Association "Shamir" and Perspectivart Studio. We will also exhibit other art-works of young artists of the studio and participants of the competition, namely, Hebrew letters in various techniques. You are warmly welcome! (More)

The exhibition “Jews in Norway and Latvia. Unexpected crossings”

The exhibition “Jews in Norway and Latvia. Unexpected crossings” is open in Riga Ghetto museum in the project' "450 years together. Jewish culture in Latvian environment - arts, music, education Nr.EEZLV04/GSKA/2013/02 boundaries on October 13, 2015. It  explores a fascinating chapter in the history of the Jews in Europe, telling the story of the Jewish immigrants who came to Norway from 1851 to the Second World War through text and photographs from private albums and archives. The exhibition was displayed at the Oslo Jewish museum in 2001, and then toured as a travelling exhibition being displayed 90 Norwegian public libraries from 2001 to 2004. In January 2003 an English a bigger version of the exhibit opened at Scandinavia House in New York, later touring the States and Canada being displayed in nine Jewish and Norwegian-American Museums and cultural centers. In 2009 a similar version was exhibited at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv.  (More)

Exhibition “Jews in Latvia” in Oslo

Lecture and presentation of the exhibition "Jews in Latvia" took place in Oslo Jewish museum on October 20, 2015. The exhibition itself will be open from 20 until 31 December 2015, as a part of the project (More)

Concert of klezmer band „Urban Tunélls” (Norway)

Concert of klezmer-band "Urban Tunnels" took place on November 26, 2015, at "Music Factory A Nice Place" club in Riga as a part of the project "450 years together. Jewish culture in Latvian environment - arts, music, education" Nr.EEZLV04/GSKA/2013/02Urban Tunélls is one of a very small number of Norwegian klezmer ensembles. Concert and record reviewers mention their virtuosity, creativity, spontaneity, and their consistency as a great live act. (More)

Exhibition by Feliks Mostowicz

The exhibition "Memories from the past" is a part of the project "450 years together. Jewish culture in Latvian environment - arts, music, education" . It presents an overview of Feliks Mostowicz's art. The exhibition is open in Riga Ghetto museum on November 19 - December 13, 2015. Feliks Mostowicz, born in 1947 in Kazakhstan, is a famous Polish artists, whose works are presented in the Polish Museum of Independence, the Museum of Gdansk, and many more. He had exhibitions in Poland, Germany, Russia, and Kazakhstan. His works are in numerous private collections. In 2002 he was honored with the Polonia Mater Nostra Est prize for special merits for Polish arts and culture.  (More)

Exhibition East of Auschwitz. Holocaust in East Central Europe

 Unique exhibition "East of Auschwitz. Holocaust in East Central Europe" by Harrie Teunissen (The Netherlands) in Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum until September 2015. Rare maps made by SS and Wermacht in appropriate historical context. It\'s worth seeing. (More)

Exhibition 3000 fates. Transports from Teresienstadt to Riga, 1942 was open in Bremen and Dusseldorf

The exhibition of lightening cubes dedicated to 3000 Jewish deportees from Terezin ghetto to Riga in 1942 was successfully transported and installed in Rathaus Bremen and Chabad Lubavitch Center Dusseldorf. Both exhibitions attrachted more than 8 000 people. Both exhibitions were officially open by Mayors, public figures and opinion-makers of both German towns. It's our honor to tell German public about  the Holocaust and commemorate these victims personally.  (More)
Calendar 5776

Dear friends! The Jewish calendar of 5776 is published in Latvian, Russian and English. Jewish religious holidays and traditions, historical dates, memorial days, Israeli national holidays uniting Jews around the world, and national holidays of Latvia are described in the calendar in the calendar. We hope that this publication serves as a contribution of the Jewish community to the formation of a new Latvian society. The Jewish New Year 5776 starts on September 13, 2015 at sunset. This is not the ordinary calendar date. We weait for Rosh Hashanah (The New Year) with the hope that all our troubles, sorrows and misfortunes will disappear as if they had never existed. We hope that in New Year, nothing will darken or sadden our days. (More)
Exhibition of Latvian artist Joseph Kuzkovski

In the project\'s "450 years together. Jewish culture in Latvian environment - arts, music, education" Nr.EEZLV04/GSKA/2013/02 boundaries an exhibition by Latvian artist Joseph Kuzkovski was open to public in Riga Ghetto museum (Maskavas 14a, Riga) on May 26 - June 29, 2015. Joseph Kuzkovski was an outstanding Latvian artist as well as dissenter and member of Jewish underground movement during Soviet period of Latvian history. His paintings reflect tragic fate of Jewish people in 20th century. Joseph Kuzkovsky (Born Belarus, Mogilev, 1902; died Tel-Aviv, 04.01. 1970.), a painter, film designer and graphic artist. (More)
International children’s drawing contest “My family story and me”

Children under 18 years from Jewish and non-Jewish schools of USA, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Island and Norway, as well as visitors of Jewish and Holocaust museums are invited to participate in the contest. The contest is coordinated by art teachers or educational curators of the museums. Children should create an art work “My family and me” in any technics. The school or museum organizes exhibition and invite parents, public figures and other guests. Children present their works to the guests, telling about their families. Best works are sent to Riga Ghetto museum to be exhibited there together with materials from the archives. (More)
Roof restoration in Riga Ghetto museum

 Students of Robert Mayer Schule with their teacher Daniel Wagner came to Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum on Sunday, July 26, 2015 to repair the roof. It is a charity project of the school and we are happy to be a part of it. (More)
March for Life 2015

 Annual March for Life in memory of the Holocaust victims takes place on July 03, 2015 at 10:00 at Old Jewish cemetery (Riga, Liksnas 2/4, crossing of Lomonosova and Liksnas str). Let\'s save memory together! Come and commemorate! (More)
Exhibition of Dagmar Calais in Riga Ghetto museum

You are kindly welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition of German artist Dagmar Calais in Riga Ghetto museum on may 14, 2015 at 14:00. With the work, produced for the exhibition in Riga, Dagmar Calais abstains from a facile presentation of the paintings on a wall. Instead, numerous portraits, painted on small canvases, are laying on a bed of dried leaves, arranged asymmetrically on the floor. The foliage, as well as the portraits, are intended to visualize the mass graves of Bikernieki and Rumbula. Additionally, the naturalistic concept of the portraits reminds us that the victims were once personalities, in the midst of life. (More)
3rd International Conference of the Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-Communist Countries

From May 18 till 19, 2015 Riga (Latvia) will host 3rd International Conference of the Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-Communist Countries. The event in organized by the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum in partnership with Association “Shamir”, Riga, Latvia. The registration process is started. Please send your contact information along with annotation (max. 200 words) to project@shamir.lv. (More)
Max Kaufmann Churbn Lettland. Extermination of Jews in Latvia

 Happy to inform that the significant book by Max Kaufmann “Churbn Lettland. Extermination of Jews in Latvia” was issued in the Latvian language with comments by Dr. Hist. Gr. Smirin and annotation by Prof. Andrew Ezergailis. The book is available in Riga Ghetto museum (Riga, Maskavas str. 14a) or ordered by email project@shamir.lv (More)
PROJECT TREE OF HOPE IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SAVED JEWS

The work over three is coming to its end. This Tree of Hope completely fits into the Riga Ghetto Museum conception and environment. Leaves of the tree will be made from bronze, which will be engraved with the names of rescuers. Leaves without names - for rescuers, whose names are unknown. The author is a young but ambitious and talanted sculptor Egdars Kvjakovski. Each one can take part in this project by making donation to bank account, via Paypal, or by sending SMS: PAY X RGM, where X - is donation amount. Let\'s save together the memory of those who saved Jews during World War II.  (More)
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