Upcoming inspiring EDJC session with Luca Baraldi to connect festival themes of Memory and Family

The AEPJ is set to host an Inspiring EDJC Session on Thursday, June 20th, at 16:00 CET. This online event will feature Luca Baraldi, an expert in cross-cultural analysis and strategic intelligence, who will explore the connection between last year’s festival theme, Memory, and this year’s focus, Family.

Paul Valéry’s profound assertion that “memory is the future of the past” will serve as a foundation for Baraldi’s discussion. The session aims to delve into the intricate relationship between social and individual memory, examining how collective and personal dimensions interact. Additionally, it will address the dynamic between the binding legacy of the past and the liberating opportunities of the future, emphasizing the responsibility of memory.

Baraldi will guide participants through an exploration of the active role memory plays in defining identities and how the family acts as a bridge between personal and social history.


Celebrating impact and ensuring future sustainability of the EDJC

The European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 has culminated in a landmark achievement with the release of a comprehensive report detailing this year’s activities, outcomes, and the collaborative efforts across various countries. This document highlights the extensive work undertaken by the festival organizers and includes contributions from nations beyond the scope of the European funding project. The full report is now available online and can be accessed here.
A significant focus of this year’s EDJC was on evaluating the festival’s impact and organizing a final online conference to share insights and outcomes. The initiative was guided by the expertise of Raoul Sellam, renowned specialist in impact evaluation, ensuring that the methods used were both robust and reliable.

The process began with an initial meeting involving the project consortium partners.


Training Academy 2024: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

From June 4 to June 7, the latest edition of the Training Academy of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes programme took place in Brindisi, a city in the Puglia region of Italy. This annual gathering of managers and technical teams of cultural routes attracted 100 representatives from 37 itineraries across 22 countries.

The European Association of Vie Francigene (AEVF) had the honor of organizing this event, in collaboration with the European Institue of Cultural Routes, which supported this international showcase at a symbolic location on the Via Francigena in southern Italy.

The opening ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including Mayor Giuseppe Marchionna, Director of the Tourism Department and AEVF Vice-President Aldo Patruno, President of the Italian National Tourism Agency Alessandra Priante, Maria Giusi Luprano of the Italian Ministry of Culture, and Stefano Dominioni, Director of the European Cultural Routes Institute in Luxembourg and Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Routes of the Council of Europe.


Kick-off meeting of the Mi Dor Le Dor Europe project begins in Barcelona

Barcelona, May 29, 2024 – The AEPJ has successfully launched the Mi Dor Le Dor Europe (MDLDE), project funded by the European Union under the Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values – Remembrance (CERV-2023-CITIZENS-REM) programme with a two-day kick-off meeting in Barcelona. This project, inspired by the successful Mi Dor Le Dor Poland and Mi Dor Le Dor Italy initiatives, aims to expand and adapt the innovative methodologies for Jewish heritage and culture education created by Taube Center for Jewish Life and Learning across various European countries, enriching the understanding and preservation of Jewish heritage. MDLDE seeks to engage participants from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine, fostering a European awareness of Jewish contribution to the society, history, and culture, training Jewish heritage educators on methodologies and resources to display a better connection between the Jewish heritage mediation and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage, in line with the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life.


The AEPJ turns 20 and holds its successful General Assembly 2024 and Strategic Meeting in Barcelona

The City of Barcelona recently hosted the General Assembly of the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ), which took place from May 17-19. It coincides with the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Association, headquartered in Luxembourg.

Just prior to this meeting, a Strategic Meeting was held at Casa Adret—the oldest habitable house in Barcelona’s medieval Jewish quarter—, in which the office of the AEPJ is located. Following a first such reflection process more than a decade ago, the Association had decided to enter a strategic planning exercise with a professional external consultant.

The strategic consultant Mr. Patrick Levy played a pivotal role in this process, conducting extensive interviews and surveys with dozens of the AEPJ stakeholders prior to the meeting.


NOA 2 Project kicks off in Barcelona!

Barcelona, Spain – The first partner meeting of the NOA 2 (Networks Overcoming Antisemitism) project marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing fight against antisemitism in Europe. Held over two days at Casa Adret, AEPJ’s headquarters in Barcelona, the meeting brought together consortium partners to strategize and plan the project’s next phase.

Led by CEJI, a Jewish contribution to an inclusive Europe, and joined by World Jewish Congress, the European Union of Jewish Students, and AEPJ, the consortium aims to ensure the future sustainability of the project. In this second part of the project, focus will be on developing two new National Report Cards, on developing pedagogical online resources, and deeply engaging in project dissemination and its objectives.


AEPJ participates in the III European Cultural Routes Managers Meeting in Spain

Santillana del Mar, Spain – The AEPJ actively participated in the III European Cultural Routes Managers Meeting organized by the Ministry of Culture of Spain. The event, held at the Altamira Museum on May 8th and 9th, focused on the theme “Mapping Europe’s Cultural Landscape: Collective Projects to Drive a Europe of Citizenship.”

With representatives from 24 certified routes across Spain, the meeting aimed to facilitate collaboration, share experiences, and address common challenges. Assumpció Hosta, Secretary General of AEPJ, played a significant role in the discussions, emphasizing the importance of preserving Jewish heritage as a means of fostering inclusivity and understanding in Europe’s cultural mosaic.

The event provided a platform for stakeholders to exchange insights, best practices, and future strategies for enhancing the cultural routes’ impact on local economies, social inclusion, and sustainable tourism.


Advancing digital skills in Cultural Routes: Insights from the NEXT Routes project

📌 Breda, the Netherlands – 𝑵𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝑹𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒆𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕

Last Tuesday, May 7th, took place in Breda, the Netherlands, the second transnational meeting of the NEXT Routes project, led by  La Rotta dei Fenici – Itinerario Culturale del Consiglio d’Europa, in cooperation with ATRIUM – Architecture of the Totalitarian regimes of the XX Century in Europe’s Urban Memory route, The Routes of the Olive Tree, Mozart Ways, and the Iron Age Danube Route, the Breda University of Applied Sciences and Mobile Idea. With the Breda University of Applied Sciences as hosts, the route managers of the routes certified by the Council of Europe who participated in the working session presented the results of the working groups developed within our networks, for the codefinition of the training methodology for increasing the digital skills of the members of the cultural routes.


The Jewish Route of Moldova Mosaics organises a seminar on Holocaust remembrance

In 2024 Agudath Israel in Moldova is implementing two innovative projects “The Last of Us” and “Surviving in Art, Learning to Live”.

As part of the established in the frames of the projects partnership with the Institutul National pentru Studierea Holocaustului din Romania Elie Wiesel, Petre Matei, PhD in History, came to Chisinau with a presentation “Mass Massacres of 1941 and Deportations to Transnistria”.

Another very important and useful presentation for project participants about the history and activities of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany was presented by Claims RED department employee and projects curator Lisa Dorfman.

The topics aroused great interest, many questions were asked by the participants.

During the visit, the guests also met with the dean of the faculty of the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts of Moldova, Svetlana Platsinda.

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