A Day In the Marais

Today we rode the double decker bus to the old Jewish neighborhood of Paris, the Marais, and walked the narrow streets crammed with cafes and shops. The highlight of our tour was a stop at the Jewish museum, which is beautifully curated and filled with paintings, photographs, and artifacts, including some amazing old headstones. The surprise was a display of maquettes of long-gone Polish and Lithuanian synagogues – scale models made of wood, most at least a foot high and one or two feet square in size. I was excited to see a model of the shul at Zolkiew, the town in which my grandmother was born. Photos Jeremy Frankel

 

We Are In Paris…

Registration for the Paris conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies doesn’t begin until Saturday afternoon but already this morning (Thursday) there were a few attendees at breakfast. By this evening we had begun to greet other arrivals including Jan Meisels Allen and her husband. It has been overcast and raining on and off most of the last two days but we have managed to take in a few sights.