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.


Madame Claude Bloch, Founder of AEPJ, Honoured with French Ministry of Tourism Medal

In a momentous ceremony held on March 22, 2024, Madame Claude Bloch, the esteemed founder of the AEPJ, was adorned with the prestigious medal of the French Ministry of Tourism. This esteemed accolade serves as a testament to Madame Bloch’s unwavering dedication and pioneering efforts in preserving and promoting Jewish heritage across Europe.

The distinguished medal was bestowed upon Madame Bloch by none other than Frédéric Bierry, the President of the European Community of Alsace, and Nathalie Kaltenbach, President of Alsace Destination Tourisme. Their joint presentation underscored the significance of Madame Bloch’s contributions in elevating awareness and appreciation of Jewish heritage, initially in Alsace and subsequently across the European landscape.

This moment of recognition not only honours Madame Bloch’s individual achievements but also symbolizes a broader acknowledgment of the collaborative endeavours that have fuelled the expansion and diversification of cultural routes across Europe.


EDJC Organisers & Coordinators prepare for annual celebration of Jewish culture

The European Days of Jewish Culture is an annual festival celebrated across all Europe, dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the rich and diverse heritage of Jewish culture. Through a series of events, activities, and initiatives, the EDJC aims to promote dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of Jewish history, traditions, and contemporary contributions to European society.

In anticipation of this year’s festival, organisers and coordinators from across Europe will gather virtually for the EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2024. Scheduled for the 7th of March, 2024, from 15:00h to 18:00h CET, this meeting serves as a pivotal forum for planning and coordination.

This annual meeting brings together stakeholders involved in the planning and execution of the EDJC festival. Organisers, coordinators, and representatives from various institutions will collaborate to discuss strategies, share insights, and address logistical aspects of the festival.


AEPJ Joins International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Girona, Spain – Last Tuesday, January 30th, Girona City Hall hosted a poignant observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, featuring active engagement from the AEPJ. Girona City Council, holding the Vice-presidency of the network, hosted and organized this significant event.

The event, held in the Girona City Council’s plenary hall, featured speakers including Marta Marín Dòmine, a renowned writer and expert in memory studies, and Victor Sorenssen, Director of the AEPJ. Lluc Salellas Vilar, Mayor of Girona and President of the Patronat Call de Girona, provided the concluding remarks. The speeches underscored the crucial role of memory, educational efforts, and the potential of such events to drive initiatives and projects related to Holocaust education.

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