AEPJ joins Europeana 2022: Making digital culture count

As a partner of the Jewish History Tours project, AEPJ is joining 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 will consist of a co-design workshop where we will explore how this cooperation can be constructed, learning from the lessons of the Jewish Heritage Tours project.


Meeting Ms Judith Kiriaty-Matalon, new member of the AEPJ board

Ms. Judith Kiriaty-Matalon, president of the Kiriaty Foundation, leads the work of this international foundation supporting various humanitarian, educational and cultural projects. Member of the AEPJ since 2019, the foundation has supported and participated in many of the AEPJ’s projects and has encouraged the development of remarkable endeavors in the recovery of European Jewish heritage. In 2020 we interviewed Ms. Judith Kiriaty-Matalon about this work. 3 years later, and on the occasion of her recent election as a member of the AEPJ Board at the Association’s General Assembly 2022 in Hanover, Germany; we interviewed Ms. Judith Kiriaty-Matalon again to find out her expectations and vision for the AEPJ in the coming years.


AEPJ: Ms. Judith Kiriaty-Matalon, in 2019 your foundation became a partner of AEPJ with the aim of promoting European Jewish heritage.


“Jewish Heritage Days are a tool for education” François Moyse, AEPJ president, interviewed at the ‘Actualité Juive’ journal

François Moyse, AEPJ’s president, was interviewed by Actualité Juive magazine on the occasion of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2022. You can download the interview in French in PDF or read the English translation below.

Lawyer, community activist (he was president of the Consistoire du Luxembourg and director of B’nai B’rith Europe) and passionate about Jewish heritage, François Moyse presides over the European Association for Jewish Heritage (jewisheritage.org) based in Luxembourg, which runs the European Days of Jewish Culture in partnership with groups in some twenty countries.

The European adventure of the Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage started in Alsace at the end of the 1990s with “open days” and has since expanded considerably. What is your assessment?

François Moyse: The results are extremely positive.


AEPJ participates in the 5th Fab Route meeting in Selinunte, Sicily

On 20 and 21 September 2022, a meeting of the consortium of partner institutions in the Fab Route project is being held, 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.

The project is being implemented by 8 partners: 6 European Cultural Routes officially recognized by the Council of Europe (ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe’s Urban Memory and Phoenician Routes registered in Italy; The Olive Tree Cultural Foundation based in Greece, The European Routes of Emperor Charles V with headquarters in Spain, the Via Regia based in Germany and the AEPJ, network carrier of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage based in Luxembourg.


The European Days of Jewish Culture in Ljubljana 2022

From the very beginning, the European Days of Jewish Culture have been of particular importance to the Jewish Cultural Center of Ljubljana and have been prepared with special care every year.

They started the program on 31 August and 1 September, when a street performance was staged, a mini spectacle, Jewish Life in Ljubljana, on the street in front of the center. Robert Waltl has prepared the script and the text together with the extremely prolific Slovenian writer and director Vinko Moederndorfer and put it together in 8 pictures. The play is directed by the Israeli director Yonatan Esterkin. The show is co-produced with Yiddish theatre from Tel Aviv – the cast included 3 actors from Israel, 4 from Slovenia with 5 musicians also from Slovenia.


The European Days of Jewish Culture in Oporto: about 5,000 people visited the institutions of the Jewish community

This article first appeared at The Portuguese Jewish News.

About 5,000 people and ambassadors from Sweden, Germany, Uruguay and other countries visited the institutions of the Jewish community in the city of Porto in northern Portugal as part of the European Days of Jewish Culture, organized together with the AEPJ, the European Council of Jewish CommunitiesB’nai B’rith EuropeEuropean Jewish Association and the National Library of Israel.

To mark the festive day, the Jewish Community in Porto opened the doors of community institutions to the public, including the Jewish Museum and the Holocaust Museum in the city.

The choir of the active Mekor Haim Synagogue in the city, a magnificent synagogue that is often filled with hundreds of people from thirty countries, sang for the visitors some of the best traditional Jewish songs and the visitors were even invited to an exhibition of paintings and a kosher Israeli meal at the local Iberia restaurant.


NOA Pluralism Seminars were held in Florence and Sarajevo with successful participation

The last weeks AEPJ celebrated the first two seminars of the NOA Pluralism series, held in Florence (Italy) on 1st and 2nd September, hosted by the Comunità Ebraica di Firenze; and in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 8th and 9th September by Hagada Sarajevo Association. Both had a great response by the citizenship, focusing on how we can deal with antisemitism from the communities but also non-Jewish neighbours, pointing out the importance of opening the dialogue through culture and recognising diversity.

Balagan Cafè – Special Edition focused on pointing out several examples of the connection between Florence’s global culture and the Jewish local culture in terms of the connection between the architecture, music, oenology, and gastronomy, highlighting the recovery of ancient recipes and Florence’s Jewish songs.


Iter Vitis and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage work together in a series of sessions about kosher wine

By Claudia de Benedetti, first published in Italian at Shalom.it 

As part of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2022 programme, two of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes, the European Routes of Jewish Heritage (and AEPJ as its network carrier) and ITER VITIS, are organising a joint event in Tel Aviv for the first time. The event, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute directed by Dr. Maria Sica, who has agreed to host the Cultural Routes, will be held on 12 September and in keeping with this year’s theme will deal with innovation, in this case innovation in kosher viticulture in Italy.

Speakers for AEPJ will be Judith Kiriaty and Uri Bar Ner of the Kiriaty Foundation, for ITER VITIS President Emanuela Panke, Rabbi Umberto Piperno will give a lecture on viticulture in the Jewish tradition.


The Blaues Haus in Breisach celebrates the European Days of Jewish Culture 2022

Full house at the opening of our exhibition “Kiechlinsbergen. Erinnerungen an Karl Wolfskehl” which is dedicated to the jewish poet, translater and presents a selection of his poems and woodcuts by Brigitte v. Savigny.

Karl Wolfskehl (1869 Darmstadt – 1948 New Zealand) was a German Jewish author and translator. He wrote poetry, prose and drama in German, and translated from French, English, Italian, Hebrew, Latin and Old/Middle High German into German.

A lecture of his poems, read by Reinhold Voss, found a great audience. His grandson Joseph Köllhofer was present.

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