AEPJ Routes Incubator 2022
Izmir Jewish Heritage study visits programme

14th to 18th November, 2022
Izmir, Turkey


With the support of:


“Jewish Heritage is a verb”

The annual AEPJ routes managers meeting is back, with a unique edition to be held in the Turkish city of Izmir from 14th to 18nd of November. The programme will offer a multidisciplinary perspective, combining keynote sessions, workshops, study visits, plenary sessions and networking sessions.

The project of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage faces new challenges and needs. It is time to holistically develop aspects such as the re-definition of traditional narratives, promote the educational environment, the academic research and the development of strategic partnerships.

In addition, the Incubator will be complemented by a programme of study visits, analysis and presentation of Izmir’s Jewish heritage recovery project, organised by Izmir Jewish Heritage. With this complementary programme, participants will be able to explore and learn first-hand about the development of a unique project for the recovery, preservation and promotion of Jewish heritage.

It is time to work together hand in hand, and the Incubator is the ideal setting for this.

In this year’s edition, we highlight the participation of members of our scientific committee, as well as stakeholders and institutions with which we collaborate in the framework of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage certified by the Council of Europe. A unique opportunity to reflect, create, imagine and establish development strategies for the routes.

Two programmes in one, from which participants can benefit for a unique discovery and learning experience. 

“Thank you to Nesim and Tilda and the AEPJ’s incredible team for your vision and passion in creating such an engaging and action provoking Incubator.  Thank you, Joel and Jeremy for your wisdom. And thank each of you – I am energized by your passion and dedication and look forward to our next meetings!  L’Shana Ha’Baah in Warsaw!”

Helise Lieberman – Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland

“As a newcomer, I have to say that I am amazed of the group of people that I’ve met, the knowledge that I’ve gained, of the networking already happening and, of course, of how willing everybody is to help each other and share information. Such a great experience! Many thanks and congratulations to Victor, Federico, Marc, Nesim and Tilda. Hope to see you all again soon.”

Alina Fais – Athens Jewish Community

“Thank you for a simply phenomenal and stimulating week. So much to do now!! Action stations!! Thank you to Tilda and Nessim….you are inspirational!! And of course to the engine room of the AEPJ…Victor, Marc and Federico!!”

Debra Brunner – The Together Plan

“It was an incredible experience meeting all of you, participating in workshops, communicating and sharing food! It was my first Incubator, an incredible experience indeed, looking forward to the next one.”

Emiliya Ahmadova – Azerbaijan Tourism Board

“It was a great pleasure to spend these days with you. Fun, engagement, constructive work, amazing discoveries in Izmir and good food… Thanks so much to Nesim and Tilda, you are just formidable and to AEPJ team for your organisation and strong willingness to make the things change. Bravo et à bientôt to all.”

Françoise Elkouby – Routes du Judaisme Rhenan

“It was so good to join the wonderful routes community and to meet old and new friends.  Thanks Izmir and AEPJ dream team for the great welcome!”

Caron Sethill – National Library of Israel

Check out the AEPJ Routes Incubator 2022 programme:

Monday 14th November

  • Arrival & Accomodation

Tuesday 15th November

  • Morning
    • Welcome to the programme and recommendations.
    • Visit to the Old Jewish Quarter and its synagogues.
  • Afternoon
    • Keynote: Disintegrating the Strategy behind developing a Jewish Cultural Routes: A Multi-dimensional Approach. By Yoel Mansfeld.
      • Under this title, Yoel Mansfeld (Haifa University) will analyze the characteristics of and the complexity of developing a Jewish cultural route.  This will be done by disintegrating the components and perspectives of the JCR and explaining how to operationally treat each of them separately.
    • Opening event, dinner and Ladino concert.

Wednesday 16th November

Thursday 17th November

  • Morning
    • Workshop: Nominal Group Technic. By Yoel Mansfeld.
      • Group Thinking on Strategic directions and Courses of Further Development of European Jewish cultural routes.The workshop will facilitate detecting the preferred strategies for further develop Jewish Cultural Routes in the next five years.  The detected strategies will be translated into viable action items which will then be prioritize by the group of route managers.The results of this workshop will help each route manager extracting action items deriving from the brainstorming and the strategic group thinking and which are relevant to his/her Jewish Cultural Route.
  • Afternoon
    • Keynote: How the Izmir Jewish Heritage Project is integrated in the city of Izmir.
    • Visit to the Ancient Site Agora and Bazar.
    • Farewell dinner and closure.

Friday 18th November

  • Departure

*The activities marked in pink correspond to the Izmir Jewish Heritage study visits programme.

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