WARSAW — Today, 16 October began the annual meeting of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage (ERJH) Route Managers in Warsaw, Poland. The programme, created and developed cooperatively between AEPJ, its scientific committee and our partners in Poland (Taube Foundation and Grodzka Gate), is focused in this edition on the narratives and the educational perspective of the European Jewish Heritage Route, certified by the Council of Europe.
Despite the complicated political circumstances in the Middle East that are close to our hearts, it was decided to go ahead with the programme, understanding that it is perhaps more relevant than ever to be united. After all, we perceive our network not as a mere collection of institutions coming together to work, but as a truly united community.
In this way, representatives from all over Europe are sharing an Incubator that offers workshops, working meetings, study visits and keynote sessions. This morning it was the turn of Jeremy Leigh, member of the scientific committee, who navigated us through the different controversies, challenges and connections present in the work of developing Jewish heritage routes. An inspiring, provocative session, which has created an interesting debate among the participants, who are working on defining key questions for the development of the project at the European level: Can we talk about a joint narrative at the European level, at the Jewish level, and at the European level? And at the same time, who defines these narratives? Are they inclusive? Such key questions allow us to grow as a project and also as a community.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet and deepen over four days the strategic development of the project. We are also delighted to have guests and institutions interested in joining the AEPJ and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage project.