In a celebration of diversity and tradition, the European Days of Jewish Culture 2024 will delve into the heart of Jewish life with its central theme: “Family.” The festival promises an exploration of family from a myriad of perspectives, blending the timeless traditions with the dynamism of the modern world.
The European Days of Jewish Culture is an annual event that brings communities together to celebrate and explore Jewish heritage and culture. With each passing year, the festival selects a central theme to serve as a focal point for discussions, performances, and various cultural activities.
For 2024, the chosen theme of “Family” aims to showcase the intricate tapestry of family life within European Jewish communities. From ancient traditions rooted in biblical narratives to the contemporary challenges faced by families in the modern world, the theme provides a platform for a rich and nuanced exploration.
The theme of “Family” invites a wide array of perspectives. Activities can range from delving into the historical significance of family in Jewish culture to exploring the evolving role of women within Jewish families. It opens doors to discussions on the impact of significant historical events, on family dynamics and the concept of a “chosen family” beyond blood relations.
Moreover, the festival encourages a look into the diversity of Jewish communities across Europe, each with its unique family structures, rituals, and values. It provides a stage for considering generational shifts in the perception of family and the transmission of cultural values, ensuring a comprehensive exploration.
The festival, as usual, will start on the first Sunday in September, which this year will be the 1st. Activities will start on this day and the national programmes will run until the end of November, thus giving the opportunity for activities to be adapted to the relevant national calendars.
For activities organizers and coordinators, the planning process for the European Days of Jewish Culture 2024 begins with a deep dive into the theme of “Family.” Consider the aspects that resonate most with your community or organization, and envision activities that can engage participants in meaningful conversations and experiences. Visit our exclusive page for organisers and coordinators to find out all the details and be aware of all the resources that AEPJ will make available to plan your activites.
In addition, and as usual, this project is extensively reinforced by the collaboration with the National Library of Israel, which acts as a means to develop all kinds of exhibition and educational materials, which gives an important added value to the festival while facilitating its celebration throughout the continent.
The European Days of Jewish Culture 2024 provides an exceptional opportunity to celebrate and explore the intricate tapestry of family life within European Jewish communities. By embracing the theme from a multitude of perspectives, the festival promises to create a vibrant and inclusive space for cultural exchange and dialogue. It’s time to start planning – let the celebration of family begin!