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 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.


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.


Successful turnout at more than 30 events during the EDJC 2022 in Switzerland

The European Day of Jewish Culture 2022 has been very successful in Switzerland. There were over 30 events. Most of the local organizers were very satisfied with the participation and the involvement of the participants. Many questions were raised by the public who seems to have been very active this year. The guided tours of the synagogues in Basel, Delémont, Lengnau and Lausanne, the guided tours to the synagogue of Hegenheim as well as the tour about the first zionist congress in Basel, the movies and conferences have been very well received.


The EDJC 2022 kicks off and the Sefer Torah of the Alsatian town of Schirmeck returns to its home after 77 years

The European Days of Jewish Culture 2022, under the theme “Renewal”, kicked off on Sunday 4 September across Europe. More than 400 institutions in 30 countries are organising activities in their cities to celebrate Jewish culture from an open, diverse and pluralistic point of view.

This year, the town chosen to host the kick-off of the festival was Schirmeck in the French region of Alsace. But this election was not fortuitous, the reason behind the choice of this location is highly symbolic. In a historical act, the Sefer Torah of this small town has returned to the synagogue after an extraordinary epic journey, which began with a story of friendship between two young neighbours in Schirmeck, one Jewish and one Christian.


Welcome back to the Schirmeck’s Sefer Torah on the EDJC 2022 Kick-off in Alsace, France

As has been customary for more than 20 years, the European Days of Jewish Culture 2022 will take place in early SeptemberA pan-european Festival where the Jewish heritage is opened to the general public, with the aim of promoting dialogue, recognition and exchange. 

The European Days of Jewish Culture takes place each year in more than two dozen countries across the continent, and has become Europe’s most successful cross-border Jewish cultural initiative. The Festival is coordinated by the AEPJ, through a large network of institutions dedicated to Jewish heritage and culture. It also has a partnership with the National Library of Israel, which plays an active role in making available to the coordinators a wide range of archival materials and educational resources.

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