We are pleased to present the new newsletter of the AEPJ. We live in difficult times, the current health emergency has influenced our daily life, and of course, also projects related to Jewish heritage. However, we continue to work as a network, adapting to the circumstances and preparing for the day after. Our programs and projects continue!
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New office team
The AEPJ continues to grow and with the aim of adapting our operational capacity to projects and programmes, two new people have joined the team. On the one hand, Federico Szarfer, as EDJC Project Manager and in charge of Communication. On the other hand, Federica Pastoret, who had made an internship with us through the University of Avignon, is joining us as Project Manager of the European Route of Jewish Heritage Project. A new chapter in the office of the AEPJ that we started with great enthusiasm and with the will to offer the best service to our members.
NOA project: Networks Overcoming Antisemitism
The new NOA project brings major Jewish organizations together to tackle antisemitism and to share positive Jewish stories. The AEPJ is proudly participating actively in the different actions planned in this new European project with this consortium of institutions.
Nominate a project or a person to be featured in NOA's social media campaign!
The Noa Project, will feature regular social media campaigns that will focus on past and present Jewish contributions to Europe, representing contemporary role models, initiatives and stories that reinforce a positive narrative of European Jewry. By highlighting these stories, the project aims to bridge the gap of knowledge on Judaism, Jewish life and communities.
By nominating a person, a project or an event, you can put local initiatives that deserve much more attention than they receive now under the spotlight! All you need to do is to fill out the questionnaire below and wait for our nomination committee to get in touch with you and/or your nominee. This will be done on a rolling basis throughout the project so if you don't hear from us right away, don't worry. Please note that we might not be able to follow up each nomination. Thank you for your submissions!
To be considered for being featured in the NOA social media campaigns, the nominee must:
At The Cultural Routes of Jewish Heritage, we are as committed as ever, and we continue to do our work from our own homes. Currently working on the creation of the website and on our new logo, we do our best to continue support our Project Managers.
The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe annual report
Here you can revisit some of last year’s key moments and institutional activities of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme.
Routes4U e-learning course
As we hunker down in our own homes, take a moment to discover the main idea of the label “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”. The 3 e-learning modules is now online!
Jewish Country Houses releases its new website
Jewish Country Houses – Objects, Networks, People is a 4-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council commencing in October 2019. Check their brand new website.
Country houses are powerful symbols of national identity, evoking the glamorous world of the landowning aristocracy and its feudal origins. By contrast, this project focuses on a hitherto unidentified group of country houses in the UK and continental Europe: those owned, renewed and sometimes built by Jews and those of Jewish origin.
This project, which emerges from close partnerships with the heritage sector, is the first attempt to write these houses and their owners back into British, European and Jewish history and to establish their importance as sites of European – and Jewish - memory.
European Days of Jewish Culture
We are happy to share with you that the theme chosen for this year's edition is :
This topic was chosen by the majority of coordinators through an online survey in July 2019. At the moment, the production team of the European Days of Jewish Culture, together with the National Library of Israel, is developing the contents and the graphic proposal for this year's edition.
Even in many European countries all kinds of public activities have been cancelled and citizens are being kept at home, we will continue working and organizing everything to be able to hold it as planned, without losing sight of how the events will develop to adapt to them if necessary. All available information can be found on the EDJC website.
The world today is facing a new and challenging situation. The spread of Covid-19 forced us to rethink our daily lives and change our habits and plans all of a sudden. Culture is not immune to this: the closure of cultural spaces and the cancellation of many events are severely impacting the sector. To guarantee everybody's safety and to comply with regulations in place, Parallel Traces too made the decision to postpone its planned exhibitions. But that is why in this moment our voices need to be stronger than ever.
While we are waiting to meet again in the next events, let's bring some joy and discover our exhibitions from home! Parallel Traces is always here to make sure that you don't miss what happened in the past months. Take a look at the photos here!
Earthquake in Zagreb
Croatian capital hit by its biggest quake in 140 years, causing damage to the buildings of Jewish Community Zagreb. The Croatian Route Manager Andrea Cvetković, tells us about the current situation.
In the earthquake that hit Zagreb and its surrounding (5.6 and 5.0) on 22nd of March 2020, many buildings and houses of the Jewish Community Zagreb have been damaged.
The building of the Jewish community, the Jewish Museum and the ancient home Lavoslav Schwarz, have been almost destroyed. Also, the Synagogue, the Library, the Club and many offices are seriously damaged. We have the chance that no one is hurt, and all other premises are functional.
Thanks to the social service, the Jewish Community’s Office, president of the community, manager and the Council ofold age home, some of the older members who can't go back home (due to the life threatening damage) live at themoment at Lavosalv Schwartz old age home. In this difficult moment it’s also important to say that numerous Jewish organizations and individuals, called the office of Jewish Community Zagreb to express their support and offer their help.
The Together Plan empowers communities in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to learn how to help themselves. They help communities to see what can be achieved collectively, and work with community members to develop skills and provide the training necessary to realise their vision.
Meet Debra Brunner, co-founder & CEO
"Jewish Heritage in Europe is a vital tool in the building of civil society"
Debra has been working in Belarus for over ten years and is a passionate advocate for Jewish community, history, heritage and identity. Check her story in this interview.
Latest news on The Together Plan
At The Together Plan, they are as committed as ever, and they continue to do their work with resolve and fortitude.
Read its last news to check how they are developing new ways to continue to create awareness and to continue to support their beneficiaries given the current circumstances. The show must and will go on. This newsletter includes a special edition with a bumper Stay-at-Home Guide of things to do and we hope you enjoy their recommendations.
A digital genizah
As part of the National Library of Israel programme in Europe they are building a collection of contemporary Jewish ephemera – materials that people do not think to keep but which provide a unique and valuable record of our community and cultural life for future generations. In these extraordinary times, they include a whole new range of items reflecting halachic innovations, new forms of 'socially distanced' communal life, educational creativity, Jewish irony and mourning our lost one. These resources will tell a story of resilience, creativity and also tragedy .
We all hope that one day soon COVID-19 will be history, so we would really appreciate your help in recording this unique and historic time. You can send Jewish related COVID-19 digital materials that you receive to firstname.lastname@example.org