EDJC 2023 Poster Competition: participation is now open

The AEPJ is organizing a competition within the framework of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 for the creation of its official poster, on the theme “Memory”. The competition is open to the Coordinators and Organizers of activities of the EDJC and they may distribute this call among their networks.

The purpose of the competition is to create the 2023 poster for the European Days of Jewish Culture, which will be published online on the association’s website, printed and distributed by the national coordinators on various media (brochures, posters, press releases, websites, etc.) all over Europe.

The poster must include the AEPJ logo (including the Council of Europe logo), the EU flag with the text “Co-funded by the European Union” and the National Library of Israel logo; the word “Memory” and the name of all participating countries.


The European Days of Jewish Culture, this year under the umbrella of the CERV programme

The European Days of Jewish Culture festival, which has been organised since 1999 by the AEPJ, pursues to highlight the diversity and richness of Judaism and its local, regional and national historical importance, with the firm intention of promoting dialogue, recognition and exchange through conferences, concerts, performances, guided tours and other activities, which take place simultaneously throughout the continent.

The pan-European festival of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 will take place in an extraordinary context and under the umbrella of an exceptional programme: the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme of the European Union. The AEPJ-led European funding project has been awarded €486,760.00 for the development of this edition, which will include a face-to-face EDJC Organisers and Coordinators meeting in Paris , online training on Memory, a Remembrance seminar in the Netherlands, a photographic European exhibition in Paris, an online exhibition on theinternational holocaust remembrance day, and much more.


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.

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