Closing dinner of the General Assembly, January 2012, Luxembourg. From left: Mr. Ralph Hofmann (President of B'nai B'rith Europe), Mr. Claude Marx (Luxembourg route's responsible), Ms. Penolope Denu (Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes), Mr. François Moyse (AEPJ President), Mrs. Laure Amoyel (AEPJ board member), Mr. Raffaele de Lutio (Italian Ambassador in Luxembourg), Assumpció Hosta (General Secretary of AEPJ), Ms. Annie Sacerdoti (AEPJ board member), Mr. Luis Casado (Vice-President of Red de Juderías and Mayor of Tudela), Ms. Claude Bloch (Honorary President of AEPJ), Mr. Ferran Bel (President of Red de Juderías and Mayor of Tortosa) and Mr. Nuno Wahnon Martins (B'nai B'rith Europe).
The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage is formed by five organisations: B'nai B'rith Europe, the Red de Juderias de España - Caminos de Sefarad and, since June 2014, the Fonds Social Juif Unifié, the Rede de Judiarias de Portugal and the Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane.
B'nai B'rith Europe is a Jewish association that intends to humanitarian and social aid and is present in 28 countries. It has the non governmental organisation status. B'nai B'rith means "Son of the Alliance", the concept of alliance is a key concept in the Bible and in Judaism. B'nai B'rith Europe pursues the action initiated by the Strasbourg branch and intends to spread it to its entire network. It mobilises many volunteers.
The mission of the FSJU is to enable the Jewish community to live its Judaism in its richness and diversity within French society. The achievement of this goal is pursued by means of a dynamic associative life, open to the city, as well as contributing to the strengthening of ties with Israel.
The FSJU was created in 1950 with the aim to rebuild the Jewish community of France devastated after the Holocaust. Nowadays, it is the backbone of the Jewish community in France with 300 member associations. Recognised as being of public utility, the FSJU is the interlocutor for the Government and the local authorities, representing the Jewish organizations in social, cultural, educational and youth issues.
Red de Juderías de España (Network of Spanish Jewish Cities) is a non profit public association with the goal of protect urbanistic, architectural, historical, artistic and cultural Sephardic Heritage in Spain. It is a cultural and touristy network that brings together 24 members (Ávila, Barcelona, Besalú, Cáceres, Calahorra, Castelló d'Empúries, Córdoba, Estella-Lizarra, Girona, Hervás, Jaén, León, Lucena, Monforte de Lemos, Oviedo, Palma, Plasencia, Ribadavia, Segovia, Sevilla, Tarazona, Toledo, Tortosa and Tudela). Each of these towns has highlighted its ancient Jewish heritage and manages a programme of animations, tours, and training. This network has actively participated in the organization of various events since 1999.
The Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters – Routes of Sepharad is a public association ruled by private law, with the intention to act jointly to defend the urban, architectural, environmental, historical and cultural heritage in connection with the Jewish heritage. Thus, the Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters, founded on March 17th 2011, aims to combine the recovery of history and heritage with the promotion of tourism, which will also help to reveal a strong component of the Portuguese and peninsular identity.
The contribution of the Portuguese Jews to the world history was enormous, from the nautical science to the evolution of the world economy, as well as of medicine, there were many fields in which the role of Portuguese Sephardim has been predominant.
The UCEI is a non-profit organisation representing 21 Jewish communities in Italy, whose millenary presence in the country has contributed to enrich the cultural, artistic and social heritage.
Tutoring, representing and promoting are the three key-words. In fact, the UCEI represents and tutors, also generally coordinates and unifies Italian Judaism before the State, the Government and other authorities, as well as the general public in all matters regarding Jewish interests.
The main purpose of the UCEI is to promote the unity of the Italian Jews ensuring the continuity and development of the Jewish heritage in religious, spiritual, cultural and social areas. Furthermore, it strives to protect the image of Judaism and to see to the preparation of rabbis and teachers of Judaism ; to promote measures by public authorities in the interests of individual communities; to support communities that do not have sufficient resources; to ensure the preservation of the traditional presence of firmly established local Jewish communities in Italian territory, so that they are able to provide the essential accomplishment of institutional services, promoting the formation of communities, as well as providing them and their members with assistance and advice .
The UCEI reckons that the State of Israel plays a central role for contemporary Jewish identity, and therefore works for the strengthening of relations with Israel, the Diaspora and with any other Jewish entity or organisation representing Italian Judaism within international entities and organisations.
The Steering Commitee
François Moyse, Claude Bloch, Lluis Guinó and Assumpció Hosta.
- François Moyse. President.
- Claude Bloch. Honorary President.
- Lluis Guinó. Vice-President.
- Assumpció Hosta. General Secretary.
- Caroline D. Lambert. Treasurer.
- Annie Sacerdoti. Board Member.
- Mario Izcovich. Board Member.
- Laure Amoyel. Board Member.
The AEPJ is working towards the preservation, appreciation and promotion of Jewish culture and Jewish Heritage in Europe. The association also strives to encourage Jewish sites, including synagogues, cemeteries, ritual baths, museums, Jewish quarters, etc., to be opened to the general public. These goals are notably achieved through the annual organization of the EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE.
Furthermore, the AEPJ also develops and promotes the EUROPEAN ROUTE OF JEWISH HERITAGE.
Survey about the European Jewish Culture and Heritage
The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) launches a survey in order to improve the Jewish culture and heritage discovery conditions in Europe.
Created in 2005 at the request of the Council of Europe, the APEJ coordinates the European Day of the Jewish Culture for 13 years in the framework of a transnational partnership.
With the purpose of preserving and enhancing historical and cultural Jewish sites while consolidating the networking of lead actors in the Member States, the APEJ embarks on a sustainable partnership with the Council of Europe in order to work towards the structuring and development of the discovery of European Jewish heritage itineraries.
This wide-ranging investigation, disseminated to the 47 Council of Europe Member States aims to identify and characterize the areas in order to recognize those it needs to highlight through a labeling agreed by the Council of Europe.
The questionnaire is aimed at the largest possible number (sites casual and regular visitors, professionals and volunteers). Indeed, the inquiry aims at gathering as much information as possible on the different sites (localization/accessibility/attractiveness/purpose/services). All information provided is therefore essential for identification and better acknowledgment of the sites.
The questionnaire is available on the electronic platform:
Please, fill it by Friday 23 september 2011.
The time necessary to fill this questionnaire is about 8 minutes. All you have to do is follow the instructions and tick the box corresponding to your answers.
We thank you in advance for taking part.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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