European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ)

Rosh ha shanah. Happy New Year!

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the High Holy Days which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity's role in God's world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".

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2013 European Day of Jewish Culture

September 29th 2013

For the 14th time in a row, the European Day of Jewish Culture 2013 has taken place on the last Sunday of September. Under the motto “Jewish Heritage and Nature”, this annual, European-wide celebration has offered the greater public the opportunity to learn more about Jewish culture and traditions in all those places, where Jewish people have lived and left their print over the centuries.

This edition has counted on the participation of 25 European countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France , Germany, Greece, Hungary , Italy, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Macedonia , Netherlands, Norway , Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

All these countries have offered a great variety of different activities and events, ranging from Open Doors at synagogues and cemeteries, to guided walking tours and excursions, exhibitions and concerts, workshops and food tasting, theatre performances and cinema, activities for children, and much more. The museums are playing an especially significant role in this event, since they provide specialized knowledge on the subject, besides having the opportunity to acquaint the general public with their collections.

In many countries the event is being extended over the whole weekend, month or even months, such as in France, Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom. This is the reason why there are still no final participation data, but the provisional figures show nearly 1.000 different activities, with close to 100.000 visitors.

Most of the countries’ programs, as well as a photo gallery, is featured here on this website.

In our “NEWS” section, detailed reports are also available from the following countries: Alsace, France, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.