EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 Closing Ceremony to be held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris

Exciting news for all European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) organizers and coordinators! The highly anticipated EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 will reach its climax with a final session and closing ceremony at the prestigious UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The AEPJ and the coordinaton of the European Days of Jewish Culture is proud to announce that the final session and closing ceremony of the EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 will be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This is a significant milestone in the history of the festival and a testament to its growing reputation and importance.

As the festival continues to grow and evolve, this partnership with UNESCO will help to further promote the importance of Jewish culture and heritage, and provide a platform for discussions about the role of Memory in shaping our cultural identities.


The EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 in Paris

The European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) is a continent-wide festival that takes place annually in cities across Europe. The festival aims to promote Jewish culture and heritage, and to create a platform for dialogue and understanding between Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

The festival is organized by local coordinators and volunteers, who plan and execute a wide variety of cultural events, such as concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, and lectures. These events take place in museums, synagogues, cultural centers, and other venues, and are open to the public.

The EDJC Organisers and Coordinators Meeting 2023 is an annual event that brings together organizers and coordinators from across Europe to share ideas, best practices, and to plan for the upcoming festival. This year’s meeting will be held in Paris on February 22nd and 23rd, and will focus on the theme of “Memory“.


The International Izmir Sephardic Culture Festival, awarded within the Respect for History Local Conservation Awards

The International Izmir Sephardic Culture Festival has been awarded within the Respect for History Local Conservation Awards. This festival, directed by Nesim Bencoya and his project Izmir Jewish Heritage, AEPJ member in Turkey, happened over nine days in December that included the week of Hanukkah, thousands attended the annual Sephardic culture festival that Nesim has organized since 2018. The festival included concerts of Jewish and Ladino music, traditional food tastings, lectures on Izmir’s Jewish community, and — since it coincided with Hanukkah and also a Shabbat — both a menorah lighting ceremony and havdalah ceremony were conducted with explanations from Izmir’s leading cantor, Nesim Beruchiel.

This year’s festival marked a turning point: it was the first in which organizers were able to show off several of the centuries-old synagogues that the project — with funding from the European Union and the local municipality — has been restoring.


Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre organizes The Lubliner Reunion 2023

The Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre, AEPJ member in Lublin, Poland, organizes its Lubliner Reunion 2023, an international meeting of the Jewish inhabitants of Lublin and their descendants.

The program will offer a rich array of meetings, lectures, commemorative events, exhibitions, music, theater, film, tours and workshops. The whole event will be an opportunity for Lubliners to get to know each other as well as present-day Lublin.

The main part of the Reunion will take place from Sunday, July 2, 2023 (Welcome Ceremony and Gathering) through Wednesday, July 5, 2023 (Closing Ceremony). On July 6 and 7 Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre will be offering tours to nearby destinations of interest, and on Friday evening, July 7, 2023 the Lublin Jewish Community will be facilitating Shabbat services and dinner.


EDJC 2023 Poster Competition: participation is now open

The AEPJ is organizing a competition within the framework of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 for the creation of its official poster, on the theme “Memory”. The competition is open to the Coordinators and Organizers of activities of the EDJC and they may distribute this call among their networks.

The purpose of the competition is to create the 2023 poster for the European Days of Jewish Culture, which will be published online on the association’s website, printed and distributed by the national coordinators on various media (brochures, posters, press releases, websites, etc.) all over Europe.

The poster must include the AEPJ logo (including the Council of Europe logo), the EU flag with the text “Co-funded by the European Union” and the National Library of Israel logo; the word “Memory” and the name of all participating countries.


The European Days of Jewish Culture, this year under the umbrella of the CERV programme

The European Days of Jewish Culture festival, which has been organised since 1999 by the AEPJ, pursues to highlight the diversity and richness of Judaism and its local, regional and national historical importance, with the firm intention of promoting dialogue, recognition and exchange through conferences, concerts, performances, guided tours and other activities, which take place simultaneously throughout the continent.

The pan-European festival of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 will take place in an extraordinary context and under the umbrella of an exceptional programme: the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme of the European Union. The AEPJ-led European funding project has been awarded €486,760.00 for the development of this edition, which will include a face-to-face EDJC Organisers and Coordinators meeting in Paris , online training on Memory, a Remembrance seminar in the Netherlands, a photographic European exhibition in Paris, an online exhibition on theinternational holocaust remembrance day, and much more.


Multiplier Event of the Fab Route project inviting the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe present in Catalonia.

The AEPJ has organized, at its headquarters at Casa Adret, in Barcelona, ​​a meeting between the cultural routes certified by the Council of Europe that have members in the territory of Catalonia. The goal of the meeting was to disseminate the outputs of the Fab Route project, a KA2 project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme to enhance EU Cultural Routes by designing an innovative educational module to improve their members skills in relation to Cultural Heritage Management and sustainable tourism. In addition, we took the opportunity to find out, due to territorial proximity, which are the common interests, needs and realities shared with AEPJ, as well as Patronat Call de Girona and Diputació de Lleida, as members of the Catalan Route of Jewish Heritage.


AEPJ participates in the 3rd International Seminar on Intercultural Education and Human Rights

The III International Seminar on Intercultural Education and Human Rights was held between 13 and 14 December, where issues and proposals of a reflective and practical nature have been presented on the prevention of racism, antisemitism, anti-Gypsyism, Islamophobia and xenophobia through different round tables and workshops with experts from different fields that will raise issues and proposals of a reflective and practical nature.

The meeting took place at the University of Alicante, organized by the Simone Veil Chair for the prevention of Racism, antisemitism and promotion of interculturalism, the European Institute of Education for Democratic Culture (ECUDEM), the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain and the University of Alicante.

In this framework, the director of AEPJ, Victor Sorenssen, has participated presenting the role of Jewish heritage and culture as a means of preventing antisemitism, through good practices implemented by AEPJ participants and the network itself in the European Routes of Jewish Heritage and in the European Days of Jewish Culture.


Students from the Hatikva school in Barcelona get to know AEPJ

Last December 7th, we received at the AEPJ office the visit of the high school students of the Jewish school of Barcelona, Hatikva, with their teachers. Victor Sorenssen, director of the AEPJ, received them at Casa Adret, headquarters of the AEPJ, where the students were able to experience in first person an activity about the work we do with the Jewish heritage.

On the one hand, a guided tour of the old Jewish quarter of Barcelona, and then, a session of interpretation of the heritage, where students shared ideas and reflections on the work around the sites they have just visited, as a vehicle of historical transmission, but also, the opportunities it provides, to work on diversity, cultural dialogue and inclusion.

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