European Days of Jewish Culture in UK: Lord Dubs in Conversation with Professor Shirli Gilbert

On 30 October 2022, in the framework of B’nai B’rith UK’s Jewish Heritage Festival, part of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2022, The event entitled, ‘What lessons can we learn from refugees of the Holocaust and how they have rebuilt their lives, to help us better understand the situation refugees from Ukraine currently face?’, a conversation between Lord Alfred Dubs and Professor Shirli Gilbert was held, discussing what lessons we can learn from refugees of the Holocaust and how they have rebuilt their lives to help us better understand the situation refugees from Ukraine currently face.

The renowned human rights advocate Lord Alfred Dubs was interviewed by Professor Shirli Gilbert, who is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London.


The NOA Seminars series gets to Prague

Today we concluded the two-day seminar “Czech Jews – History and Culture, Coexistence of the Minority with the Majority Society, Legacy for Today” with a tour of the Spanish and Old Synagogue. At the beginning of the seminar, FJO Chairman Petr Papoušek welcomed the participants with the words … “monuments are an important element in education and conveying information about the Jewish community, history, culture, a call for respect and tolerance.” The seminar was intended for tour guides, monument managers and all those who care for or are interested in Jewish monuments, and we would like to thank them for their cooperation.

The seminar was organized by the Federation of Jewish Communities of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and thanks to the initiative and financial support of the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture within the NOA project.


Presence of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage at the II Meeting of Ibero-American Cultural Cooperation

The AEPJ has been present during the II Meeting of Ibero-American Cultural Cooperation: Sustainability, Cohesion and Social Inclusion through Cultural Routes and Itineraries. The collaboration developed through cultural routes and itineraries is currently one of the areas of greatest potential, vigour and promotion at regional and international level, gathering a large part of the aspirations and interests of the territories in cultural, social and economic terms. They serve as operational and dynamic strategies to enhance the place of heritage as an engine for development in the field of cultural tourism, employment generation and transformation in isolated or depressed areas, forming open laboratories for action and collaboration, assuming the important dimension of cultural heritage and the development of territories in terms of sustainability.


AEPJ joins Moldova Tourism Forum 2022

In its second yearly edition, the objective of Moldova Tourism Forum is to bring in a strategic and agile approach to support the creation of a strong and resilient tourism industry in Moldova, based on sustainability, innovation, digitalization, creativity, and adaptability to new realities.

Since the European Routes of the Council of Europe are developing an important role for the cultural tourism improvement, AEPJ was one of the invited institutions to join the round table on Cultural Routes as a Driver of the Tourism Industry, altogether with Iter Vitis – Les Chemins de la vigne en Europe, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, the European Route of Ceramics, the National Committee of ICOM-Moldova, The Route of Stephan the Great and Saint, and the Georgian National Tourism Administration


The AEPJ unveils a plaque at the mikveh in Syracuse, Sicily

The President of the AEPJ – European Association for the Enhancement and Preservation of Jewish Heritage – François Moyse together with Claudia de Benedetti, Assumpció Hosta and Annie Sacerdoti, representatives of the organisation’s Board of Directors, significantly placed a plaque in front of one of the oldest mikveh, ritual baths, in Sicily in Syracuse this morning, 20 October.

“Today, the AEPJ is proud to unveil a plaque in a very special place”, said Francois Moyse, “and our thanks go to Amalia Danielle di Bagni for preserving and looking after this treasure. This mikveh is testimony to the historical presence of Jews on the island of Ortigia. Syracuse was one of the first cities in eastern Sicily to welcome Jews. But, sadly, it was also the city that expelled them in late 1492 because of the Spanish Inquisition.”


EDJC 2022 Inspiring Renewal Session with the National Library of Israel

We are pleased to present an interesting Inspiring Renewal Session given by Caron Sethill, Programme Manager Europe at the National Library of Israel.

In this session, following the successful dynamic initiated last year with the Inspiring Dialogue Sessions, we learnt about the process of Renewal that the National Library of Israel is going through and its new building, as a symbol and metaphor of Renewal in the world of Jewish culture. We hope that this session will inspire us to continue working on this process of Renewal and to reflect on the role of Jewish culture in creating a more pluralistic and inclusive Europe.

Caron Sethill is Progamme Manager Europe at the National Library of Israel (NLI), managing Gesher L’Europa, (A Bridge to Europe), established as part of the NLI’s renewal process, which aims to share NLI Collections in creative ways, and engage people with shared interests working in Jewish settings in Europe.


The Israeli House presents the Biblical Route of Jewish Cultural Heritage

This article first appeared at Georgia Today

The Israeli House presented the Biblical Route of Jewish Cultural Heritage to the general public on September 25, the Jewish New Year. The route is agreed with the European Association for the Protection and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) operating under the auspices of the Council of Europe, and the main route, the Jewish path of the Caucasus, is part of the EU program under the WalkEur project.

Israeli House is a member organization of AEPJ and, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, officially oversees the European Routes of Jewis Heritage certified by the Council of Europe in Georgia.

The aim of the new route is to make the Jewish Heritage Route interesting and attractive to the world and for it to be presented on behalf of AEPJ at world tourism exhibitions.


Culture & Tourism: from a project case study toward data spaces synergies

As a partner of the Jewish History Tours project, AEPJ joined the Europeana 2022 conferences under the title Making digital culture count, where altogether with other partners such as Jewish Heritage Network, Pangeanic and Europeana itself, to share the experience of the Jewish History Tours development, as well as the link and outputs it is providing to the European Routes of Jewish Heritage network. Actually, this was the first step of the project, to create and distribute self-guided audio tours across Jewish sites, but the next step for all of us within the project is to build a strategic cooperation between Europeana and Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe program.

The session, led by Pavel Kats, Alex Tourski, Marc Francesch Camps and Alexander Raginsky consisted of a co-design workshop where the public explored how this cooperation can be constructed, learning from the lessons of the Jewish Heritage Tours project.


François Moyse, AEPJ president, at the unveiling of the new window of the Ramath Orah congregation in New York City

François Moyse, AEPJ president, participated in the unveiling of the newly renovated oculus window of the Ramath Orah congregation in New York City, together with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Xavier Bettel and other prominent personalities.

The unveiling has honoured the legacy of Rabbi Robert Serebrenik. During the Nazi occupation of Luxembourg he transferred more than 2000 Jews out of the country and into safety. He stayed until the bitter end with his Community and left on one of the last convoys together with 61 other refugees from Luxembourg to New York City. When they were forced to leave their home they founded a new spiritual home in Ramath Orah.

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