Last Friday, July 23, was held in Castelo de Vide a strategic meeting between the Rede de Judiarias de Portugal, and the Red de Juderías de España, both member institutions of the AEPJ, where the Municipality of Castelo de Vide acted as host, by the hand of its mayor, Antonio Pita. The meeting was attended by municipal representatives from Portugal and Spain, Marta Puig, director of the Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters, Walter Wasercier, CEO of Háblame Sefarad, Assumpció Hosta, secretary general of the AEPJ, Victor Sorenssen, director of the AEPJ, Alan Schneider, Director of the B’nai B’rith World Center, representatives of the cultural and university field and the ambassador of Israel in Portugal.
The objective of this meeting was the development of transnational cooperation between the municipalities belonging to the Portuguese and Spanish network, as a strategy for the promotion of Jewish heritage within the framework of the cultural routes.
On the occasion of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2021 to be held from the first Sunday of September 2021, around the common theme of Dialogue and under the umbrella this year of the European project NOA (Networks Overcoming Antisemitism), the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) will award a maximum of 70 grants of €500.00 each for the purpose of printing the exhibitions and materials developed by the National Library of Israel.
The process for obtaining and claiming the grant is divided into two phases: grant application and justification, and reimbursement procedure.
1. Grant application. Deadline: 1 August 2021. EXTENDED UNTIL 15 AUGUST 2021
Any natural or legal person organising a Dialogue activity during the European Days of Jewish Culture 2021 can apply for a printing grant through the online form hosted at https://bit.ly/PrintingGrant2021
For the fifth consecutive year, the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ), as organiser of the European Days of Jewish Culture, is collaborating with the National Library of Israel by making available to any festival coordinator who requests it, an exhibition produced by the team of the Gesher l’Europa programme of the National Library of Israel.
On this occasion, the NLI offers a modular design, featuring main text blocks and separate image blocks marked with the name of the panel to which they belong. They should be printed separately and can be hung in whatever arrangement that pleases. They can also be printed as consecutive pages for a brochure, making sure to insert the text files before the image files.
We are delighted to announce the partnership between the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) and World Jewish Travel (WJT).
World Jewish Travel, an active AEPJ member for years, has taken on a new role over the past three months by cooperating more directly to support the development of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage.
It is with great pride and tremendous gratitude for their willingness to contribute to a better and complementary promotion of the projects developed along the European Routes of Jewish Heritage. Indeed, World Jewish Travel and its team brings years of experience in sustainable tourism.
The partnership that started with the new year is beginning to take shape. Over the past few months AEPJ members have begun working together with the World Jewish Travel team to enable them to promote the development of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage on the WJT website.
The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ), Jewish Heritage Network (JHN), and izi.TRAVEL are announcing an intensive summer training on developing self-guided audio tours. This practical, result-oriented course is intended for Jewish heritage practitioners, independent guides, teachers, curators and tourism operators. It will consist of 5 online sessions, each 1.5 hours long, and be delivered by top experts in the field.
The training is developed and offered under the auspices of the Jewish History Tours project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by JHN. While project partners are the main target audience, others are most welcome to participate. Registration is required. As part of the training participants will be encouraged to develop their own tours and present them to fellow participants and instructors.
Inspiring Dialogue Sessions: House of Religions – Dialogue of Cultures
Jewish cultural heritage, the challenge of education
On Monday 7 June, the cultural routes of the Council of Europe that are represented in Italy met in a virtual round table. Annie Sacerdoti, AEPJ board member and Vice President of Fondazione Beni Culturali ebraici in Italia (UCEI) participated in a day to share objectives, proposals and analyse strengths and weaknesses.
The meeting started with welcome and institutional greetings with Stefano Dominioni, Giuliana De Francesco and Eleonora Berti, organiser of the event. About twenty people represented the Cultural Routes and everyone presented his Itinerary. Annie Sacerdoti presented the Italian route part of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage powered by AEPJ. In Italy the Fondazione organised the Italian Route with a website with about 200 places of Jewish interest. Also the Mi Dor Le Dor project was presented.
The following is a translation of a press release sent out by UCEI – Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane
The inaugural online meeting of the Mi Dor Le Dor Europe educational heritage program took place on Sunday, June 6 with 16 participants from across Italy, and an international team of coordinators and educators.
Modeled on Mi Dor Le Dor Poland, a successful initiative created by the Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning Foundation (2012-2016), Mi Dor Le Dor Italy serves as a platform for in-depth study and conversations with experts and practitioners about national and local Jewish heritage and how to transmit them. Innovative ways of addressing and interpreting Italian Jewish heritage will be explored and adapted for the needs of the communities and their Jewish educational institutions.