European Cultural Projects; Heritage at the service of citizenship

The conference “European Cultural Projects; Heritage at the service of citizenship“, organised by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, was held yesterday at the Casa del Mediterraneo in Alicante, Spain. Within the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the EU, the aim of this meeting was to inform the new heads of cultural heritage of the Spanish regions about the different cultural projects that are being developed in Spain within the European framework. The programme focused on three main axes on which European cultural action hinges: the European heritage label, the Faro Convention and the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes.

In this framework, Victor Sorenssen, director of the AEPJ, presented the work that we carry out from our network with the European Routes of Jewish Heritage, focusing on the role of the route as a channel for cultural dialogue, also presenting culture and heritage as vehicles to combat antisemitism and hate speech.


Kick off meeting of the NEXT Routes project in Salzburg

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The Kick of Meeting of the NEXT Routes project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme and organised by European Mozart Ways, was held yesterday in Salzburg. As a following up action after the successful Fab Route project experience, AEPJ is teaming up with La Rotta dei Fenici – Itinerario Culturale del Consiglio d’Europa, leader of the project, ATRIUM โ€“ Architecture of the Totalitarian regimes of the XX Century in Europeโ€™s Urban Memory route, The Routes of the Olive Tree, and the Iron Age Danube Route, in cooperation with the Breda University of Applied Sciences and Mobile Idea, to carry on with the development of strategic innovative tools for the Cultural Routes.

The project addresses the key challenges for the future of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe by focusing on the development of digital gamification tools for the Routes and providing the training of its operators in order to ensure its scalability.


The EDJC 2024 Celebrates the Tapestry of Family: Starting Jewish Life and Continuing Tradition

In a celebration of diversity and tradition, the European Days of Jewish Culture 2024 will delve into the heart of Jewish life with its central theme: “Family.” The festival promises an exploration of family from a myriad of perspectives, blending the timeless traditions with the dynamism of the modern world.

The European Days of Jewish Culture is an annual event that brings communities together to celebrate and explore Jewish heritage and culture. With each passing year, the festival selects a central theme to serve as a focal point for discussions, performances, and various cultural activities.

For 2024, the chosen theme of “Family” aims to showcase the intricate tapestry of family life within European Jewish communities. From ancient traditions rooted in biblical narratives to the contemporary challenges faced by families in the modern world, the theme provides a platform for a rich and nuanced exploration.


AEPJ participates at the โ€œHeritage, a shared responsibility” conference

From 9 to 11 November, the international congress to reflect on “Heritage, a shared responsibility” is being held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

One of the panels of the congress is organised by Hispania Nostra with the collaboration of the OEI, Organisation of Ibero-American States, presented by Raphael Callou, Director General of Culture of the OEI, and moderated by Natalia Armijos, specialist in Cooperation in Ibero-America, and with the participation of Assumpciรณ Hosta, Secretary General of AEPJ, together with Maria Gabriela Santibaรฑez, President of ICOMOS Argentina, and Adriร  Terol, cultural manager of the Cemeteries Route.

The debate revolved around the European cultural routes as a source of cultural and economic development of the territories and their repercussion on civil society.


AEPJ Stands Against Vandalism Targeting Historic Jewish Heritage Sites

From the AEPJ, the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage, we express our deep concern over recent acts of vandalism targeting historic Jewish heritage sites. The incidents occurred at locations associated with the European Routes of Jewish Heritage that bear no direct connection to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

In the first case, the historic synagogue of Etz Hayim, in Izmir, Tรผrkiye, and in the second, the medieval synagogue and Jewish quarter of Besalรบ, in Spain, became the victims of deliberate acts of vandalism. The perpetrators defaced these invaluable cultural treasures with graffiti that falsely linked them to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, often displaying a disturbingly antisemitic character.


Solidarity with Israel: AEPJ Condemns Unprecedented Attacks

The AEPJ is deeply shocked by the unprecedented brutal attacks that began during Shabbat and the holiday of Simchat Torah against the civilian population and the State of Israel as a whole.

Our network promotes Jewish heritage and culture in Europe, but it also works with different Israeli institutions and consultants. Against these murderous attacks on the democratic state of Israel, we express our solidarity to the AEPJ members living in Israel, our members of the Scientific Committee, and our partners at the National Library of Israel, as well as the population of Israel at large.

Our hearts are with the victims of the violence and with their families and loved ones. We hope, pray and yearn for an end to the violence.


EDJC 2023 Memory: Celebrating a Month of Cultural Reverie Across Europe

September 2023, Europe.

In the heart of Brussels, beneath the resplendent arches of the Grand Synagogue of Europe, the 2023 edition of the European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) came to life with a grand inauguration on September 3rd. As the strains of melodious Jewish music filled the air, a culturally enriching journey commenced, one that has now unfurled its vibrant tapestry of memories and heritage across Europe.

The EDJC 2023 Memory Edition Unites Europe

In a spectacle that set the tone for the festival’s upcoming events, the Grand Synagogue of Europe became a canvas for a communal celebration of Jewish culture and memory. The 2023 Memory edition of EDJC embraces the theme of “Memory,” delving deep into the history, traditions, and stories that form the bedrock of Jewish culture.


European Days of Jewish Culture Inauguration in Catalonia: Celebrating Diversity and Memory

Barcelona, 8 September, 2023 – Today marked a significant moment in the cultural calendar of Catalonia as the European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) were inaugurated at the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya in Barcelona. This event brought together a distinguished panel of guests, including Assumpciรณ Hosta i Rebรฉs, the Secretary-General of the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ), Victor Sorenssen, the Director of AEPJ, and Daniela Rosenfeld, the Director of the Jewish Film Festival in Barcelona and coordinator of EDJC in Catalonia. The event was also graced by the presence of the Honorary Consul of Israel in Catalonia, Yosef David Sanchez-Molina, and Carles Armengol, the Director of Religious Affairs for the Generalitat of Catalonia.


The EDJC 2023 Festival Starts with Resounding Success Across Europe

Europe, September 3, 2023 – The European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) 2023 have commenced with an extraordinary celebration of Jewish heritage, culture, and memory across the continent. This year, under the theme of “Memory” and with the invaluable support of the European Commission’s Citizens, Equality, Rights, and Values program (CERV), the esteemed patronage of UNESCO, and a fruitful collaboration with the National Library of Israel the EDJC 2023 is proving to be a poignant and enriching cultural journey.

The festival officially launched on Sunday, September 3, with more than 230 activities spanning 63 cities across 20 countries. This inaugural day witnessed the enthusiastic participation of an estimated 40,000 individuals. While the festival’s activities extend until the end of November, accommodating the diverse schedules and unique characteristics of each participating region, the significance of this first day cannot be overstated.

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