On Friday, April 21, the AEPJ organized the first edition of the Mid-Term Incubator, which is an important stage in the development of the activities of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage (ERJH), as well as those actions developed in the frame of the recent ERJH Incubator in Izmir, Turkey. 27 professionals from the Cultural Routes of the ERJH actively participated in the meeting, as agents involved on the decision-making process regarding different topics related to ERJH project development.
The meeting, welcomed by AEPJ board member Claudia De Benedetti, consisted of several discussion groups based around the goals and values that the Cultural Routes of the ERJH are sharing and following as a list of criteria that any Cultural Route certified by the Council of Europe ought to bear in mind, and more specifically, when working within the frame of Jewish heritage. This process will continue along the upcoming months, in order to develop documented guidelines of membership criteria aimed at regulating the participation of the network members and guiding the development of their projects individually, but also as part of a broader community.
Under the title of The ERJH, a Community of Practice, five discussion groups were organized around the following topics: heritage, preservation & restoration, research & documentation, value proposal, accessibility, and sustainability.
On the second hand, strategic partners who are cooperating with the AEPJ presented to the members the European Union funded projects that the AEPJ is joining within the year 2023, along with the expected outputs. These are cooperation projects that may contribute to the development of the Cultural Routes of the ERJH network through tools like gamification, virtual reality, training on educational methodologies, artistic residencies, and development of Jewish heritage policies.
The last workshop consisted of three discussion groups on the topics that the European Routes of Jewish Heritage 2023 may focus on, on the basis of the needs, preferences, and visions of each member, and following with the contents that have been developed in the frame of the previous meeting this past year in Izmir.
The success of this session relied upon the efforts of Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning, Yoel Mansfeld, Haifa University, and Jeremy Leigh, Hebrew Union College Jerusalem.
After this fruitful meeting, all of us are already looking forward to the next occasion, as there are still many steps we can do for the improvement of our community and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage project!
Look through the detailed schedule for the Mid-Term Incubator by clicking on the gallery below.