About Us

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 nine organisations: B'nai B'rith Europe, Israeli House-FSU, JECPJ France, the Lithuanian Jewish Community, 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


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.

Israeli House


Israeli House was opened in Tbilisi on November 2, 2013. The House was opened by the auspices of the Israeli Knesset, and founded by Mr. Istik Moshe (the first representative of the World Jewish Agency “Sokhnut” in 1990-s when the “Great Aliyah" started from the post-soviet countries).

Its goal is to achieve solidarity by public diplomacy (Hasbara) and enhance the cooperation between Israel and friendly states (among them Georgia). At the Israeli House, lectures on topics related to Jewish Culture and Heritage are conducted regularly; meetings, exhibitions, presentations, and seminars in various spheres – cultural, economic, business, medicine, new technologies, political life, and much more are organized.

Lithuanian Jewish Community


Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community is an association of seven regional/local communities and twenty other Jewish organizations active in Lithuania. The aim of LJC are to bring together all the Lithuanian Jews, to defend and look out for their interests in Lithuania and abroad, to preserve and celebrate Jewish traditions, cultural and historical heritage, to keep the memory of the Holocaust victims alive, to promote tolerance and fight anti-Semitism and to build and nurture various relations and connections with Jewish and Litvak organizations and individuals all over the world.

JECPJ France

The association “Journées Européennes de la Culture et du Patrimoine Juifs - France” (JECPJ-France) is dedicated to promote and preserve this heritage and to disseminate information about French Jewish culture. For 15 years, JECPJ-France has contribute to the European Day of Jewish Culture 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. JECPJ-France is also part of the European program developing the “Jewish Heritage Routes"

Ministry of Culture and Tourism Azerbaijan


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.

Patronat Call de Girona


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 - Caminos de Sefarad


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, Cáceres, Calahorra, Córdoba, Estella-Lizarra, Hervás, Jaén, León, Lucena, Monforte de Lemos, Oviedo, Palma, Plasencia, Ribadavia, Segovia, Tarazona, Toledo and Tudela). Each of these towns has highlighted its ancient Jewish heritage and manages a programme of events, tours, and training.

Rede de Judiarias de Portugal


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.

Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane


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.

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