The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) supports the preservation, appreciation and promotion of Jewish culture and Jewish heritage in Europe. The Association also strives to encourage Jewish sites to be open to the general public. These goals are notably achieved through its two leading programmes - the European Days of Jewish Culture and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage.
The AEPJ is formed by seven organisations: B'nai B'rith Europe, JECPJ France, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Azerbaijan, Patronat Call de Girona, Red de Juderías de España - Caminos de Sefarad, Rede de Judiarias de Portugal and the Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane.
B'nai B'rith Europe is a Jewish association that is present in 28 countries. B'nai B'rith means "Son of the Alliance" - the concept of alliance is a key concept in the Bible and in Judaism - and it has non-governmental organisational status. Its role is to fight racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism; to support the State of Israel; to help the needy; to promote Jewish identity; to strengthen the knowledge about the Jewish presence in Europe through culture and heritage; to encourage and train young Jewish adults for leadership in the Jewish communities.
From Rashi to Simone Veil and Emmanuel Levinas, France has been one of the most vibrant European centers of Jewish cultural and intellectual life and, as such, has a polymorphic, dynamic, and living heritage to offer all Jewish people, and beyond them, every person eager to gain a better understanding of this important contribution to human culture. This universal treasure must be preserved, shared, and creatively enriched by leveraging a variety of means, including digital technologies.
The association “Journées Européennes de la Culture et du Patrimoine Juifs - France” (JECPJ-France) is dedicated to promoting and preserving this heritage and to disseminating information about French Jewish culture. For 15 years, from September to December, JECPJ-France has been contributing to the European Day of Jewish Culture by organizing conferences, on-site visits (to synagogues, cemeteries, schools, mikve…), exhibitions, concerts… in various French Regions (Alsace, Centre, Lorraine, Nord-Pas de Calais, Paris, Provence-Côte d’Azur, Sud-Ouest), welcoming each year thousands of visitors from all backgrounds and beliefs. These events present a unique opportunity for dialogue with other cultures and spiritualties. JECPJ-France is also part of the European program developing the “Jewish Heritage Routes”. This association has designed and developed an application for iOS and Android mobile devices, available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play, which locates and provides information about major Jewish sites all over France.
JECPJ-France is also a member of the European Association for Jewish Heritage as well as a member of the French Federation of European Cultural Routes (Federation Francaise des Itineraires Culturels Europeens).
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic is a governamental agency within the Cabinet of Azerbaijan in charge of regulation of the activities in and development of tourism and promotion os Azerbaijani culture. Since 2016 joined the AEPJ and they work in a specific itinerary through Jewish local sites.
Established in 1992 by the Girona City Council, the Girona Provincial Council and the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. The Patronat is responsible for the physical and cultural restoration of the Jewish heritage in Girona, including the renovation, revitalization and promotion of the historic Jewish Quarter, named Call. The Museum of the History of the Jews and the Nahmanides Institute for Jewish Studies, are the two main bodies.
Red de Juderías de España (Network of Spanish Jewish Cities) is a non-profit public association created in 1999 with the goal of protecting the urban, architectural, historical, artistic and cultural Sephardic heritage in Spain. It is a cultural and tourist network that brings together 24 member town (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 events, tours, and training.
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 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 UCEI is a non-profit organisation representing 21 Jewish communities in Italy, whose millennia presence in the country have contributed to enriching its cultural, artistic and social heritage. The main purpose of the UCEI is to promote the unity of the Italian Jewish community ensuring its development in religious, spiritual, cultural and social areas. UCEI represents the Jewish community before the State, the Government and other authorities, as well as the general public in all matters regarding Jewish interests. The UCEI recognises that the State of Israel plays a central role in contemporary Jewish identity, and therefore also works to strengthen relations with Israel, and represents Italian Judaism within international organisations.