We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the first day of the EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023. The program has been incredibly well-received, and the enthusiasm of the participants has been contagious.
The day began with registration and a warm welcome on the part of AEPJ President, François Moyse, and Memorial de la Shoah representatives. The plenary coordination session on the Practical Information Kit and communication guidelines for the European Days of Jewish Culture was informative and engaging, thanks to the excellent work of the AEPJ team. AEPJ partners – MahJ, Liberation Route Europe, Jewish Heritage Europe, and the National Library of Israel – provided valuable insights into the project. The visit to the Memorial de la Shoah in three groups was an opportunity to learn more about one of the essential institutions in Europe.
After a delicious lunch, participants attended an engaging panel on memory as a universal question. Philippe Boukara, from the Memorial de la Shoah, spoke about memory and history according to Pierre Nora, Maurice Halbwachs, and Yosef Yerushalmi, while Ana Milosevic from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven discussed the politics of memory in Europe.
In the afternoon, participants engaged in three parallel workshops, including “Programming EDJC activities aimed at ambassadors and consuls” by Leon Saltiel, “Commemoration and Remembering: Exploring the Memory theme” by Caron Sethill and Olga Lempert, and “Open debate session: can we Remember together?” by Helise Lieberman and Andrei Kovacs.
The plenary coordination session by the AEPJ team was a great opportunity to reflect on the day’s activities and discuss the next steps. We look forward to a second day of the meeting tomorrow, featuring participants from all across Europe.