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WMF Announces New Grants as Part of its Jewish Heritage Program

World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced four new grants totaling $235,000 for conservation work to save a yeshiva and three synagogues in Eastern Europe. The sites receiving funding are Volozhin Yeshiva in Belarus, Subotica Synagogue in Serbia, Zamość Renaissance Synagogue in Poland, and Vilnius Choral Synagogue in Lithuania. These grants are part of WMF’s Jewish Heritage Program (JHP), which for more than 20 years has helped protect Jewish cultural sites that often no longer have communities large enough to sustain them. Work on all four sites is expected to begin in the coming months.

“We are delighted to help save these four highly significant sites,” said Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund. “All four are important reminders of Jewish culture in Europe and these grants will ensure their survival for future generations to learn from and appreciate.”

The 2008 Jewish Heritage Program has been made possible though the generous support of Joyce Greenberg, The Rothschild Foundation, the Cahnman Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. Subotica Synagogue, Serbia

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